Yesterday, the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for its awards for books published in 2015.


  • The Sellout, by Paul Beatty
  • Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff
  • The Story of My Teeth, by Valeria Luiselli, translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories, by Anthony Marra
  • Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh


  • Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude, by Ross Gay
  • How to Be Drawn, by Terrance Hayes
  • Bright Dead Things, by Ada Limón
  • Parallax and Selected Poems, by Sinead Morrissey
  • What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Sanford, by Frank Sanford


  • SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, by Mary Beard
  • Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, by Ari Berman
  • Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America, by Jill Leovy
  • Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones
  • What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing, by Brian Seibert


  • The Light of the World, by Elizabeth Alexander
  • The Odd Woman and the City, by Vivian Gornick
  • Bettyville, by George Hodgman
  • Negroland, by Margo Jefferson
  • H Is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald


  • Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth, by Terry Alford
  • Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley, by Charlotte Gordon
  • Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, by T.J. Stiles
  • Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, by Rosemary Sullivan
  • Dietrich and Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives, by Karin Wieland, translated from the Germany by Shelly Frisch


  • Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Eternity’s Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake, by Leo Damrosch
  • The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson
  • On Elizabeth Bishop, by Colm Tóibin
  • The Nearest Thing to Life, by James Wood
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