National Book Critic’s Circle Award

220px-Golden_Globe_TrophyAward season is in full swing in Hollywood with glamorous gowns and inarticulate acceptance speeches, but the lists of prize winning books for the year is adding to my reading list.  The latest announcement from the National Book Critic’s Award has The Goldfinch at the top of the list that I gave gold stars (my review), and inspired me to find Tartt’s first acclaimed book – The Secret History – a dark murder mystery which I am reading now.  Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being stays with me, not only for my affinity with news from the Japan tsunami but also for its haunting reminder of how difficult finding one’s “place” can be (my review).

Need a few more books to add to your pile?

The 2013 National Book Critic’s Award Finalists for Fiction:

  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
  • Someone by Alice McDermott
  • The Infatuations by Javier Marias

And Nonfiction:

  •  Going Clear by Lawrence Wright (the church of Scientology)
  • The Unwinding by  George Packer (American institutions)
  •  Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice by Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sherri Fink
  • Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
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National Book Award List for 60 Years

In case you missed it, or if you are just looking for a good book, the National Book Award Foundation created a list of its winners, judged by fellow authors, from 1950 to 2010, ending with last year’s winner, Lord of Misrule.  The Foundation’s list might give you some ideas for old treasures – National Book Award Winners – with exerpts from each book.

The deadline for this year’s winners was August 1st, and the finalists will be announced in October.

Check out my reviews for last year’s winners: