On Saturday, January 21, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced the finalists for its 2011 awards. Novelist Jeffrey Eugenides, historian Manning Marable, and essayist John Jeremiah Sullivan were among this year's notable nominees. The NBCC awards annual prizes in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
The following are the NBCC 2011 nominees. See links for Globe reviews.
Teju Cole, Open City (Random House), an intelligent debut novel about a Nigerian graduate student in New York City. http://articles.boston.com/2011-02-24/ae/29337271_1_julius-nigeria-atrocities
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a novel about love, and the love of books, set in the famousish Brown University Semiotics Department of the 1980.http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2011/10/14/the-marriage-plot-jeffrey-eugenides/UWJ9snKvKu057XOSv3c7uO/story.html
Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger's Child (Knopf), a multi-generational, multi-decade family saga. http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2011/11/20/the-stranger-child-alan-hollinghurst/bVZ8er6rFZo2p3H4JnfQgO/story.html">
Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision (Lookout Books), a collection of cosmopolitan short fiction, gleaned from three decades. http://articles.boston.com/2011-02-04/ae/29342357_1_short-stories-love-and-death-pearlman
Dana Spiotta, Stone Arabia (Scribner), about the creative life and the relationship between siblings.http://articles.boston.com/2011-07-17/ae/29784773_1_denise-life-story-gay-man
Amanda Foreman, A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War (Random), a wonderful narrative history about England?s stake in the Civil War. http://articles.boston.com/2011-06-19/ae/29677649_1_south-fight-slavery-north-fight
James Gleick, The Information (Pantheon), an overview of the historical and growing importance of ?information? to modern society. http://articles.boston.com/2011-03-06/bostonglobe/29345621_1_information-age-invention-james-gleickAdam Hochschild, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), a history of WWI's most vocal critics. http://www.boston.com/ae/books/articles/2011/05/02/narrative_history_of_wwi_focuses_on_war_resisters/
Maya Jasanoff, Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary War (Knopf), the story of British sympathizers in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War.
John Jeremiah Sullivan, Pulphead: Essays (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux), a collection of powerful, idiosyncratic essays on history and culture. http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2011/11/25/pulphead-john-jeremiah-sullivan/2clZkvBLrMbNGb48Uws4YM/story.html
Diane Ackerman, One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, A Marriage, and the Language of Healing (W.W. Norton), a moving tale of Ackerman and her husband as he struggles to regain language following a stroke
Mira Bart?k, The Memory Palace (Free Press), a memoir about physical impairment, estrangement and reconnection with family, and the persistence of memory. http://articles.boston.com/2011-01-22/ae/29344837_1_brain-memoir-family-memories
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America (Little, Brown), a memoir about becoming a writer while exploring the myths of this cultural crossroads. http://articles.boston.com/2011-01-23/ae/29341330_1_harlem-james-weldon-johnson-cultural-capital
Luis J. Rodr?guez, It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing (Touchstone), a memoir about the mean streets of Los Angeles and the difficulty of escaping history
Deb Olin Unferth, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War (Henry Holt), a memoir about ditching college to fight with the Sandinistas in Nicaragua
Mary Gabriel, Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of the Revolution (Little, Brown), the National Book Award nominated story of the Marxs' day-to-day struggles amidst the development of his ?world historical? ideas.
John Lewis Gaddis, George F. Kennan: An American Life (Penguin Press), biography of the consummate cold war statesman.
Paul Hendrickson, Hemingway?s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961 (Knopf), the novelist?s life from the height of his pain to the depths of his despair
Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Viking), the posthumously published, definitive account of the African American leader. http://articles.boston.com/2011-05-08/ae/29523097_1_african-american-malcolm-nationalism
Ezra F. Vogel, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China (Belknap Press: Harvard University Press), the story of China?s most dynamic, iconic leader
David Bellos, Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything (Faber & Faber), a book about how everything is not only found, but created, in translation.http://articles.boston.com/2011-12-11/ae/30505126_1_david-bellos-translation-king-james
Geoff Dyer, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews (Graywolf), a collection of Dyer?s brilliant, strange writings.
Jonathan Lethem, The Ecstasy of Influence (Doubleday), the novelist?s ruminations on everything from sex to Bob Dylan.
Dubravka Ugresic, Karaoke Culture (Open Letter), a selection of the divisive cultural critics essays
Ellen Willis, Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on RockMusic (University of Minnesota Press), a collection of the seminal rock critic?s most influential pieces
Forrest Gander, Core Samples from the World (New Directions), a beguiling blend of poetry, essay, and photography
Aracelis Girmay, Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions), the poet?s second elegiac collection
Laura Kasischke, Space, in Chains (Copper Canyon Press), an astute, profound confrontation with mortality: http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2011/12/18/best-poetry-books/EMwDBZdDcYcbfbVNhLyh6L/story.html>willis">http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2011/12/18/best-poetry-books/EMwDBZdDcYcbfbVNhLyh6L/story.html
Yusef Komunyakaa, The Chameleon Couch (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), the master poet's most recent, National Book Award nominated collection. http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2011/12/18/best-poetry-books/EMwDBZdDcYcbfbVNhLyh6L/story.htmlBruce Smith, Devotions (University of Chicago Press), a collection situated between "lullaby and homicide".
The winners will be announced on March 8 at a ceremony in Manhattan.
In addition to announcing the nominees, on Saturday the NBCC awarded the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award to Robert Silvers, founding editor of the New York Review of Books. Globe contributor Kathryn Schulz won Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.