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2014 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists Announced

The National Book Critics Circle Awards finalists for 2014 have been announced. This year, for the first time in the nearly 40 years since the awards have been in existence, a book has been nominated in more than one category. Citizen: An American Lyric has been nominated in both the Criticism and Poetry categories. The awards will be presented on March 12 at the New School in New York. Below are the finalists, with Booklist reviews linked when available.


The Splendid Things We PlannedThe Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait, by Blake Bailey

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, by Roz Chast

The Other Side, by Lacy M. Johnson

Little Failure, by Gary Shteyngart

There Was and There Was Not, by Meline Toumani


William Wells BrownWilliam Wells Brown, by Ezra Greenspan

Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, by S.C. Gwynne

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, by John Lahr

“Literchoor Is My Beat”: A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions, by Ian S. MacNiven

The Crusades of Cesar Chavez, by Miriam Pawel


On ImmunityOn Immunity: An Inoculation, by Eula Biss

Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty, by Vikram Chandra

Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine

What Would Lynne Tillman Do?, by Lynne Tillman

The Essential Ellen Willis, by Ellen Willis, edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz


An Unnecessary WomanAn Unnecessary Woman, by Rabih Alameddine

A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James

Euphoria, by Lily King

On Such a Full Sea, by Chang-rae Lee

Lila, by Marilynne Robinson


The Problem of Slavery in the Age of EmancipationThe Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation, by David Brion Davis

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book, by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert

Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free, by Héctor Tobar


Once in the WestPrelude to Bruise, by Saeed Jones

The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, by Willie Perdomo

Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine

Once in the West, by Christian Wiman

Abide, by Jake Adam York

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

Toni Morrison

John Leonard Prize

Redeployment, by Phil Klay






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