Award Finalists

The 30 finalists for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award, to be announced later this month, were recently announced. You can find a sampling below. The complete list can be found at

The Distance Between Us. The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande B Grande
The author shares difficult details of her life after her father brings her to the U.S. illegally.

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity. Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon 362.4 S
Solomon explores how parents interact, love and deal with children who, by some standards, are considered “different.”

HHhH. HHhH by Laurent Binet FIC BIN
The author weaves historical fact and fictional narrative to chronicle the details the assassination of “The Butcher of Prague.”

House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East. House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid B SHADID
A journalist takes a leave of absence to restore the family's ancestral home in southern Lebanon and in the process discovers a piece of himself.

Magnificence. Magnificence by Lydia Millet FIC MIL
Inheriting her uncle's taxidermy-filled home helps a widow cope and come to terms with her husband’s death.

NW. NW by Zadie Smith FIC SMI
Though they came from the same environment, four childhood friends take very different paths in life.

The Orphan Master’s Son. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson FIC JOH
A North Korean orphan begins his military career as a tunnel soldier and rises through the ranks to become, among other things, a professional kidnapper.

Reinventing Bach. Reinventing Bach by Paul Elie 780.92 BACH
Elie shares Bach’s life and work and how his music is constantly “rediscovered” by a new generation of musicians.

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