NBCC Award Finalists, 2009.

Finalists for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle awards were nominated last night.  I’m especially pleased to see friend of Condalmo (and former neighbor) Ariel Sabar nominated for My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq (Algonquin) – a great read, and a great guy.  Congratulations!

The finalists:


Roberto Bolaño, 2666. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Marilynne Robinson, Home, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project, Riverhead

M. Glenn Taylor, The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart, West Virginia University Press

Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kittredge, Random House


Dexter Filkins, The Forever War, Knopf

Drew Gilpin Faust, This Republic of Suffering, 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


Richard Brody, Everything is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard, Metropolitan Books

Vivian Gornick, The Men in My Life. Boston Review/MIT

Joel L. Kraemer, Maimonides: The Life and World of One Of Civilization’s Greatest Minds, Doubleday

Reginald Shepard, Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry, University of Michigan Press

Seth Lerer, Children’s Literature: A Readers’ History: Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter, University of Chicago Press


Rick Bass, Why I Came West, Houghton Mifflin.

Cooper, Helene, The House on Sugar Beach, Simon and Schuster

Moore, Honor, The Bishop’s Daughter, W.W. 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


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