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Ben Fountain Wins National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

The winners of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Awards have been revealed. Ben Fountain won the fiction prize with Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and Andrew Solomon took nonfiction with Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity.

Leanne Shapton won the autobiography award for Swimming Studies and Robert A. Caro took biography with The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson.  D. A. Powell won the poetry award for Useless Landscape, or A Guide for BoysMarina Warner took the criticism prize for Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights.

Below, we’ve linked to free samples of every finalist for the awards.

National Book Critics Circle Finalists for 2012

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Reyna Grande. The Distance Between Us. Atria Books

Maureen N. McLane. My Poets. Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Anthony Shadid. House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Leanne Shapton. Swimming Studies. Blue Rider Press

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. In the House of the Interpreter. Pantheon

BIOGRAPHY

Robert A. Caro. The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson. Alfred A. Knopf

Lisa Cohen. All We Know: Three Lives. Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Michael Gorra. Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece. A Liveright Book: W. W. Norton

Lisa Jarnot. Robert Duncan, The Ambassador from Venus: A Biography. University of California Press

Tom Reiss. The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo. Crown Publishers

CRITICISM

Paul Elie. Reinventing Bach. Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Daniel Mendelsohn. Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture. New York Review Books

Mary Ruefle. Madness, Rack, and Honey. Wave Books

Marina Warner. Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights. Belknap Press: Harvard University Press

Kevin Young. The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness. Graywolf Press

FICTION

Laurent Binet. HHhH. tr. by Sam Taylor. Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Ben Fountain. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Ecco

Adam Johnson. The Orphan Master’s Son. Random House

Lydia Millet, Magnificence. W. W. Norton

Zadie Smith. NW. The Penguin Press

NONFICTION

Katherine Boo. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. Random House

Steve Coll. Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power. The Penguin Press

Jim Holt. Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story. A Liveright Book: W. W. Norton

David Quammen. Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic. W.W. Norton

Andrew Solomon. Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. Scribner

POETRY

David Ferry. Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations. University of Chicago Press

Lucia Perillo. On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths. Copper Canyon Press

Allan Peterson. Fragile Acts. McSweeney’s Books

D. A. Powell. Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys. Graywolf Press

A. E. Stallings. Olives. Triquarterly: Northwestern University Press

Excellent cassette tape photo via Kumar McMillan.

 

 

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