Our 8 NBCC Award Finalists

By Luis Diaz | February 5 2019 | Humanities & Social Sciences

Congratulations to our 8 National Book Critics Circle finalists for their 2018 Awards. Founded in 1974, the NBCC now comprises more than 1,000 working critics and book-review editors throughout the country, who annually vote and bestow its awards in six categories, honoring the best books published in the past year in the United States.






  • DIRECTORATE S: The CIA and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Coll (Penguin Press)








Knopf author Tommy Orange will receive the annual John Leonard Prize, honoring first books in any genre for his novel THERE, THERE.

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See all NBCC nominees here.

Winners of the NBCC awards will be announced on Thursday, March 14 at a ceremony in Manhattan’s New School’s Tishman Auditorium. A finalists’ reading will be held on March 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the same location. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
Twenty-five years after Jesus' Son, a haunting new collection of short stories on mortality and transcendence, from the National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.
$17.00 US
Jan 08, 2019
224 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

The Line Becomes a River
Dispatches from the Border
The instant New York Times bestseller, "A must-read for anyone who thinks 'build a wall' is the answer to anything." --Esquire
$18.00 US
Feb 05, 2019
288 Pages
Riverhead Books

Directorate S
The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
In this New York Times Bestseller, author Steve Coll resumes the narrative of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars and tells for the first time the epic and enthralling story of America's intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11
$20.00 US
Feb 05, 2019
800 Pages
Penguin Books

The Coddling of the American Mind
How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
A timely investigation into the campus assault on free speech and what it means for students, education, and our democracy.
$32.00 US
Sep 04, 2018
352 Pages
Penguin Press

God Save Texas
A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State
A New York Times Notable Book
$19.00 US
Mar 05, 2019
368 Pages


Feel Free
From Zadie Smith, one of the most beloved authors of her generation, a new collection of essays
$19.00 US
Feb 05, 2019
480 Pages
Penguin Books

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin
Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry One of the New York Times Critics' Top Books of 2018A powerful, timely, dazzling collection of sonnets from one of America's most acclaimed poets, Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award winning author of Lighthead"Sonnets that reckon with Donald Trump's America." -The New York Times
$18.00 US
Jun 19, 2018
112 Pages
Penguin Books

There There
A novel
Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking—Tommy Orange’s first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, and it introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career. 
$30.00 US
Jun 05, 2018
304 Pages