2018 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists Announced

This morning, the National Book Critics Circle announced this year’s finalists in all categories, as well as the winners of the John Leonard Prize for first books (Tommy Orange, There There), the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award (Arte Público Press), and the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing (Maureen Corrigan). Here’s the complete list of the NBCC Award finalists, linked to their Booklist reviews.



All You Can Ever Know, by Nicole Chung

Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home, by Nora Krug

The Day That Went Missing: A Family’s Story, by Richard Beard

Educated, by Tara Westover

Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over, by Nell Painter

What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth: A Memoir of Brotherhood, by Rigoberto González



 The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, by Jane Leavy

 Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous, by Christopher Bonanos

Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History, by Yunte Huang

 The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century, by Mark Lamster

Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret, by Craig Brown



Feel Free, by Zadie Smith

Is It Still Good to Ya?: Fifty Years of Rock Criticism, 1967-2017, by Robert Christgau

 The Reckonings, by Lacy M. Johnson

To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight, by Terrance Hayes

Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics, Stephen Greenblatt



The House of Broken Angels, by Luis Alberto Urrea

 The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, by Denis Johnson

 The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner

 Milkman, by Anna Burns

 Slave Old Man, by Patrick Chamoiseau, Translated by Linda Coverdale



The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

 Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, by Steve Coll

 God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State, by Lawrence Wright

 The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border, by Francisco Cantú

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights, by Adam Winkler



American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, by Terrance Hayes

Asymmetry, by Adam Zagajewski, Translated by Clare Cavanagh

The Carrying, by Ada Limón

Holy Moly Carry Me, by Erika Meitner

Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, by Diane Seuss




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Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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