National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced

January 31, 2008

The National Book Critics Circle Award finalists were announced in San Francisco on Jan. 12th. Winners will be announced on Thursday, March 6th in New York. There are six main categories for their choice of best book of the year. Here are the finalists:

Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
In The Country of Men by Hisham Matar
The Gravediggers Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates
The Shadow Catcher by Marianne Wiggins

American Transcendentalism by Philip Gura
What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet Washington
Legacy of Ashes: A History of the CIA by Tim Weiner
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

Stanley: The Impossible Life Of Africa’s Greatest Explorer by Tim Jeal
Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee
Ralph Ellison by Arnold Rampersad
The Life Of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932 by John Richardson
Thomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin
Heart Like Water: Surviving Katrina and Life in Its Disaster Zone by Joshua Clark
Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat
The Journals of Joyce Carol Oates, 1973–1982 by Joyce Carol Oates
Writing in an Age of Silence by Sara Paretsky
Anna Politkovskaya: Russian Diary: A Journalist’s Final Account of Life, Corruption and Death in Putin’s Russia

Elegy by Mary Jo Bang
Modern Life by Matthea Harvey
Sleeping and Waking by Michael O’Brien
The Ballad of Jamie Allan by Tom Pickard
New Poems by Tadeusz Rozewicz

Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints by Joan Acocella
Once Upon a Quniceanera by Julia Alvarez
The Terror Dream by Susan Faludi
Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross