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National Book Critics Circle Award
The National Book Critics Circle, consisting of nearly 700 active book reviewers, each year presents awards for the best book in five categories: fiction, general nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry, and criticism. Prior to 1997, the award was limited to American citizens, when the eligibility rules were changed to include all authors of the best books published in the United States, regardless of nationality.


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featherFICTION


2016  LaRose - Louise Erdrich (announced March, 2017)

2015  The Sellout - Paul Beatty

2014  Lila - Marilynne Robinson  

2013  Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

2012  Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk - Ben Fountain

2011  Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories - Edith Pearlman

 2010  A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan 

 

2009  Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
2008  2666 - Roberto Bolaño
2007  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao -  Junot Diaz
2006  The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai
2005  The March: A Novel - E.L. Doctorow
2004  Gilead - Marilynne Robinson
2003  The Known World - Edward P. Jones
2002  Atonement - Ian McEwan
2001  Austerlitz - W.G. Sebald
2000  Being Dead - Jim Crace

1999  Motherless Brooklyn - Jonathan Lethem
1998  The Love of a Good Woman - Alice Munro
1997  The Blue Flower - Penelope Fitzgerald
1996  Women in Their Beds - Gina Berriault
1995  Mrs. Ted Bliss - Stanley Elkin
1994  The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields
1993  A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest J. Gaines
1992  All the Pretty Horses - Cormac McCarthy
1991  A Thousand Acres - Jane Smiley
1990  Rabbit at Rest - John Updike

1989  Billy Bathgate - E.L. Doctorow
1988  The Middleman and Other Stories - Bharati Mukherjee
1987  The Counterlife - Philip Roth
1986  Kate Vaiden - Reynolds Price
1985  The Accidental Tourist - Anne Tyler
1984  Love Medicine - Louise Erdrich
1983  Ironweed - William Kennedy
1982  George Mills - Stanley Elkin
1981  Rabbit Is Rich - John Updike
1980  The Transit of Venus - Shirley Hazzard

1979  The Year of the French – Thomas Flanagan
1978  The Stories of John Cheever - John Cheever
1977  Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
1976  October Light - John Gardner
1975  Ragtime - E.L. Doctorow


featherNONFICTION

 

2016  Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City - Matthew Desmond

2015  Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic -Sam Quinones

2014  The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation - David Brion Davis

2013  Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital - Sheri Fink

2012  Far from the Tree - Andrew Solomon

2011  Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary War - Maya Jasanoff
2010  The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration - Isabel Wilkerson 

 

2009  The Age of Wonder - Richard Holmes
2008  The Forever War - Dexter Filkins
2007  Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present - Harriet Washington
2006  Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution - Simon Schama
2005  Voices From Chernobyl - Svetlana Alexievich
2004  The Reformation: A History - Diarmaid MacCulloch
2003  Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Its Legacy - Paul Hendrickson
2002  A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide - Samantha Power
2001  Double Ford: Libraries and the Assault on Paper - Nicholson Baker,
2000  Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing - Ted Conover

1999  Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior - Jonathan Weiner
1998  General Nonfiction: We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda - Philip Gourevitch
1997  The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down - Anne Fadiman
1996  Bad Land - Jonathan Raban
1995  A Civil Action - Jonathon Harr
1994  The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War - Lynn H. Nicholas
1993  The Land Where the Blues Began - Alan Lomax
1992  Young Men and Fire - Norman Maclean
1991  Backlash: The Undeclared War Against America Women - Susan Faludi
1990  The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America - Shelby Steele

1989  The Broken Cord - Michael Dorris
1988  Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63 - Taylor Branch
1987  The Making of the Atomic Bomb - Richard Rhodes
1986  War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War - John W. Dower
1985  Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families - J. Anthony Lukas
1984  Weapons and Hope - Freeman Dyson
1983  The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House - Seymour M. Hersch
1982  The Path of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson - Robert Caro
1981  The Mismeasure of Man - Stephen Jay Gould
1980  Walter Lippman and the American Century - Ronald Steel

1979  Munich: The Price of Peace - Telford Taylor
1978  Facts of Life - Maureen Howard
         Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence - Garry Willis
1977  Samuel Johnson - W. Jackson Bate
1976  The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts - Maxine Hong Kingston
1975  Edith Wharton: A Biography - R.W.B. Lewis

featherPOETRY


2016  House of Lords and Commons - Ishion Hutchinson

2015  Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude - Ross Gay

2014  Citizen: An American Lyric - Claudia Rankine

2013   Metaphysical Dog - Frank Bidart

2012  Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys - D.A. Powell

2011  Space, in Chains - Laura Kasischke

2010  One with Others: [a little book of her days] - C.D. Wright 

 

2009  Versed - Rae Armantrout
2008  Sleeping It Off in Rapid City - August Kleinzahler
         Half the World in Light: New and Selected Poems - Juan Felipe Herrera
2007  Elegy – Mary Jo Bang
2006  Tom Thomson in Purgatory - Troy Jollimore
2005  Refusing Heaven: Poems - Jack Gilbert
2004  The School Among the Ruins - Adrienne Rich
2003  Columbarium - Susan Stewart
2002  Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest - B.H. Fairchild
2001  Saving Lives - Albert Goldbarth
2000  Carolina Ghost Woods - Judy Jordan

1999  Ordinary Works - Ruth Stone
1998  The Bird Catcher - Marie Ponsot
1997  Black Zodiac - Charles Wright
1996  Sun Under Wood - Robert Hass
1995  Time and Money - William Matthews
1994  Rider - Mark Rudman
1993  My Alexandria - Mark Doty
1992  Collected Shorter Poems 1946-1991 - Hayden Carruth
1991  Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology - Albert Goldbarth
1990  Bitter Angel - Amy Gerstler

1989  Transparent Gestures - Rodney Jones
1988  That One Day - Donald Hall
1987  Flesh and Blood - C.K. Williams
1986  Wild Gratitude - Edward Hirsch
1985  The Triumph of Achilles - Louise Gluck
1984  The Dead and the Living - Sharon Olds
1983  The Changing Light at Sandover - James Merrill
1982  Antarctic Traveler - Katha Pollitt
1981  A Coast of Trees - A.R. Ammons
1980  Sunrise - Frederick Seidel

1979  Ashes and 7 Years from Somewhere - Philip Levine
1978  Hello, Darkness: The Collected Poems of L.E. Sissman – edited by Peter Davison
1977  Day By Day - Robert Lowell,
1976  Geography III - Elizabeth Bishop
1975  Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror - John Ashbery

featherCRITICISM

 

2016  White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

2015  The Argonauts - Maggie Nelson

2014  The Essential Ellen Willis by Ellen Willis, edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz

2013  Distant Reading - Franco Moretti

2012  Stranger Magic - Marina Warner

2011  Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews - Geoff Dyer
2010  Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West - Clare Cavanagh 

 

2009  Notes From No Man's Land - Eula Biss
2008  Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History: From Aesop to Harry Potter - Seth Lerer  
2007  The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century - Alex Ross
2006  Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences - Lawrence Weschler
2005  The Undiscovered Country: Poetry in the Age of Tin - William Logan
2004  Where You're At: Notes From the Frontline of a Hip-Hop Planet - Patrick Neate
2003  River of Shadows - Rebecca Solnit
2002  Tests of Time - William H. Gass
2001  The War Against Cliché: Essays and Reviews, 1971-2000 - Martin Amis
2000  Quarrel & Quandary - Cynthia Ozick

1999  Selected Non-Fictions - Jorge Louis Borges
1998  Visions of Jazz: The First Century - Gary Giddons
1997  Making Waves - Mario Vargas Llosa
1996  Finding a Form - William Gass
1995  The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France - Robert Darnton
1994  The Culture of Bruising - Gerald Early
1993  Opera in America: A Cultural History - John Dizikes
1992  Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America - Garry Wills
1991  Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory - Lawrence L. Langer
1990  Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present - Arthur C. Danto

1989  Not by Fact Alone: Essays on the Writing and Reading of History - John Clive
1988  Works and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author - Clifford Geertz
1987  Dance Writings, Edwin Denby - edited by Robert Cornfield & William MacKay
1986 Less Than One: Selected Essays - Joseph Brodsky
1985  Habitations of the Word: Essays - William H. Gass
1984  Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry - Robert Hass
1983  Hugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism - John Updike
1982  The Second American Revolution and Other Essays - Gore Vidal
1981  A Virgil Thomson Reader - Virgil Thomson
1980  Part of Nature: Modern American Poets - Helen Vendler

1979  The Gnostic Gospels - Elaine Pagels
1978  Modern Art: 19th & 20th Centuries, Selected Papers - Meyer Schapior
1977  On Photography - Susan Sontag
1976  The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales - Bruno Bettelheim
1975  The Great War and Modern Memory - Paul Fussell


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