They’ve announced this year’s winners of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The winners below in red; the other finalists in light gray.


  • Lila, by Marilynne Robinson (my review here)
  • An Unnecessary Woman, by Rabih Alameddine
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James
  • Euphoria, by Lily King
  • On Such a Full Sea, by Chang-rae Lee


  • Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine
  • Prelude to Bruise, by Saeed Jones
  • The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, by Willie Perdomo
  • Once in the West, by Christian Wiman
  • Abide, by Jake Adam York


  • The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation, by David Brion Davis
  • The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book, by Peter Finn and Petra Couvee
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Capital and the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty (translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer
  • Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mind, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, by Hector Tobar


  • Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, by Roz Chast
  • The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait, by Blake Bailey
  • The Other Side, by Lacy M. Johnson
  • Little Failure, by Gary Shteyngart
  • There Was and There Was Not, by Meline Toumani


  • Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, by John Lahr
  • William Wells Brown: An African American Life, by Ezra Greenspan
  • Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, by S.C. Gwynne
  • “Literchoor Is My Beat”: A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions, Ian S. MacNiven
  • The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography, by Miriam Pawel


  • The Essential Ellen Willis, by Ellen Willis
  • On Immunity: An Inoculation, by Eula Biss
  • Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty, by Vikram Chandra
  • Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine
  • What Would Lynne Tillman Do?, by Lynne Tillman


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