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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Donna Tartt Among 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

On Monday, the National Book Critics Circle announced 30 finalists for their 2014 awards ceremony on March 13, 2014 at 6p which is free to attend and open to the public. The list includes Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s Americanah, Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being which also earned a spot on the Man Booker shortlist, and Donna Tartt‘s pretty much universally-lauded The Goldfinch. A few of the finalists below:

AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Sonali Deraniyagala, Wave (Knopf)
Aleksandar Hemon, The Book of My Lives (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby (Viking)
Jesmyn Ward, Men We Reaped (Bloomsbury)
Amy Wilentz, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A letter from Haiti (Simon & Schuster)

BIOGRAPHY
Scott Anderson, Lawrence in Arabia: War, deceit, imperial folly and the making of the modern Middle East (Doubleday)
Leo Damrosch, Jonathan Swift: His life and his world(Yale University Press)
John Eliot Gardiner, Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven (Knopf)
Linda Leavell, Holding on Upside Down: The life and work of Marianne Moore (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Mark Thompson, Birth Certificate: The story of Danilo Kis (Cornell University Press

CRITICISM
Hilton Als, White Girls (McSweeney’s)
Mary Beard, Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures and Innovations (Liveright)
Jonathan Franzen, The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus, translated and annotated by Jonathan Franzen with Paul Reiter and Daniel Kehlmann (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Janet Malcolm, Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Franco Moretti, Distant Reading (Verso)

FICTION
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah (Knopf)
Alice McDermott, Someone (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Javier Marias, The Infatuations (Knopf)
Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being (Viking)
Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch (Little, Brown)

NON-FICTION
Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy, Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the manhunt that brought him to justice (Norton)
Sherri Fink, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a storm-ravaged hospital (Crown)
David Finkel, Thank You For Your Service (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
George Packer, The Unwinding: An inner history of the new America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the prison of belief (Knopf)

POETRY
Frank Bidart, Metaphysical Dog (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Lucie Brock-Broido, Stay, Illusion (Knopf)
Denise Duhamel, Blowout (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Bob Hicok, Elegy Owed (Copper Canyon)
Carmen Gimenez Smith, Milk and Filth (University of Arizona Press)

Get the full list of finalists here. If you’re in New York, plan to attend the free finalist’s reading on Wednesday March 12, 2014 at 6p, New School University, 66 West 12th Street.

2 responses to “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Donna Tartt Among 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists

  1. I’m burrowing my way through The Goldfinch right now and feeling current. Usually I am so far behind on the releases of the moment, not getting to them until years later!

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