Wednesday, January 24, 2018

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE 2017










NONFICTION:
Jack E. Davis, The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea (Liveright)
Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America (Sion & Schuster)
Masha Gessen, The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia (Riverhead)
Kapka Kassabova, Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe (Graywolf)
Adam Rutherford, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes (The Experiment)

BIOGRAPHY:
Caroline Fraser, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder (Metropolitan Books)
Edmund Gordon, The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography (Oxford University Press)
Howard Markel, The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek (Pantheon)
William Taubman, Gorbachev: His Life and Times (W.W. Norton)
Kenneth Whyte, Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times (Knopf)

AUTOBIOGRAPHY:
Thi Bui, The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir (Abrams)   
Roxane Gay, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (Harper)
Henry Marsh, Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins)
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, The Girl From the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia, translated by Anna Summers (Penguin)   
Xiaolu Guo, Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China (Grove)   

POETRY:
Nuar Alsadir, Fourth Person Singular (Oxford University Press)  
James Longenbach, Earthling (W.W. Norton)
Layli Long Soldier, Whereas (Graywolf)
Frank Ormsby, The Darkness of Snow (Wake Forest University Press)
Ana Ristović, Directions for Use, translated by Steven Teref and Maja Teref (Zephyr Press)

CRITICISM:
Carina Chocano, You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages (Mariner)
Edwidge Danticat, The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story (Graywolf)
Camille T. Dungy, Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History  (W.W. Norton)   
Valeria Luiselli, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions (Coffee House)                  
Kevin Young, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts and Fake News (Graywolf)   

FICTION:
Mohsin Hamid, Exit West (Riverhead)
Alice McDermott, The Ninth Hour (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Knopf)
Joan Silber, Improvement (Counterpoint)
Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner)

NONA BALAKIAN CITATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN REVIEWING
Charles Finch
Balakian Finalists
David Biespiel
Maureen Corrigan
Ruth Franklin
James Marcus

JOHN LEONARD PRIZE
Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf)

IVAN SANDROF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
John McPhee