The winners of the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award were announced last night in New York. As always with the NBCC, there were a few surprises. Those wacky book critics. (Hey, don’t look at me — I’m a book reviewer.) But unpredictability is what makes the NBCC worth watching. How much fun would it be if they just anointed the same books as everyone else?
Congratulations to Donna Seaman, by the way. Even though she’s not on the board of directors this year, her critical acumen proved prescient: she reviewed (and starred) two of six winners. Follow the links below to find out which ones.
The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai (Atlantic Monthly)
Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution, by Simon Schama (Ecco)
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon, by Julie Phillips (St. Martin’s)
The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, by Daniel Mendelsohn (HarperCollins)
Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, by Lawrence Weschler (McSweeney’s)
Tom Thompson in Purgatory, by Troy Jollimore (Margie/Intuit House)
Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing
Steven G. Kellman
Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award
(Although, frankly, Eggers’ book was good enough to win, too.)