National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists for 2015

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for its 2015 awards, which recognize excellence in six categories of books published during the year. The awards will be presented to the winners on March 17 in a public ceremony. Read the full list of finalists below, with links to Booklist reviews where available. For more information on the National Book Critics Circle, visit its official website.

AutobiographyThe Odd Woman and the City

Bettyville, by George Hodgman

H is for Hawkby Helen Macdonald

The Light of the World, by Elizabeth Alexander

Negroland, by Margo Jefferson

The Odd Woman and the City, by Vivian Gornick

BiographyRomantic Outlaws

Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, by T. J. Stiles

Dietrich and Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives, by Karin Wieland

Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth, by Terry Alford

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelleyby Charlotte Gordon

Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, by Rosemary Sullivan

CriticismThe Argonauts

The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Eternity’s Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake, by Leo Damrosch

The Nearest Thing to Life, by James Wood

On Elizabeth Bishop, by Colm Tóibín

FictionFates and Furies

Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh

Fates and Furiesby Lauren Groff

The Sellout, by Paul Beatty

The Story of My Teethby Valeria Luiselli

The Tsar of Love and Technoby Anthony Marra


Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in Americaby Jill Leovy

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in Americaby Ari Berman

SPQR: A History of Rome, by Mary Beard

What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancingby Brian Seibert

PoetryBright Dead Things

Bright Dead Things, by Ada Limón

Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude, by Ross Gay

How to Be Drawnby Terrance Hayes

Parallax and Selected Poemsby Sinéad Morrissey

What About This: The Collected Poems of Frank Stanford, by Frank Stanford

John Leonard Prize

Night at the Fiestas, by Kirstin Valdez Quade

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

Wendell Berry



About the Author:

Taylor served as a Booklist intern in spring 2016. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature at Northwestern University.

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