Finalists for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Awards

It's out! The hotly anticipated list of nominees for Best Books People Pretended to Read last year. Below are the highlights so folks can Wiki accordingly before the next faculty cocktail party.

(Don't mind us. We're just a coupla swells.)

Roberto BolaƱo, 2666, Farrar, Straus
Marilynne Robinson, Home, Farrar, Straus
Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project, Riverhead
M. Glenn Taylor, The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart, West Virginia University Press
Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kittredge, Random

August Kleinzahler, Sleeping It Off in Rapid City, Farrar, Strauss
Juan Felipe Herrera, Half the World in Light, University of Arizona Press
Devin Johnston, Sources, Turtle Point Press
Pierre Martory (trans. John Ashbery), The Landscapist Sheep Meadow Press
Brenda Shaughnessy, Human Dark with Sugar, Copper Canyon Press

Paula J. Giddings, Ida, A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching, Amistad
Steve Coll, The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family In An American Century, Penguin Press
Patrick. French, The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul, Knopf
Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, Norton
Brenda Wineapple, White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson & Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Knopf

Rick Bass, Why I Came West, Houghton Mifflin
Helene Cooper, The House On Sugar Beach, Simon and Schuster
Honor Moore, The Bishop’s Daughter, WW Norton
Andrew X. Pham, The Eaves Of Heaven, Harmony Books
Ariel Sabar, My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq, Algonquin

Dexter Filkins, The Forever War, Knopf
Drew Gilpin Faust, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the Civil War, Knopf
Jane Mayer, The Dark Side, Doubleday
Allan Lichtman, White Protestant Nation, Atlantic
George C. Herring, From Colony to Superpower: US Foreign Relations Since 1776, Oxford University Press

Click here for the full list.


Sheesh. I've heard of only two and read none this year.

I feel like such a philistine.

Okay, not really...
Joni Rodgers said…
We should do our own awards. Bestow the coveted Boxy for Freshest Weather Setting, Hippest Political Backhand, Most Explosive Plot Bomb, Best Alternate Word for Penis...

Thanks for that bit of refreshment!

And please, let's not forget the Most Gratuitous Blood Spatter category.
Anonymous said…
Ok, I feel better. If you two "in the loopers" haven't read all these, I guess there is hope for me.

Back at the hospital, stealing a little internet R & R. Joni, I have my aunt reading your book now. She's laughing her brains out. She said "She writes like you." I took that as a HUGE compliment. Dorothy Hagan

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