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Monday, January 14, 2008

NBCC Award Finalists

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  • Heart Like Water: Surviving Katrina and Life in Its Disaster Zone by Joshua Clark (Free Press)
  • Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat (Knopf)
  • The Journals of Joyce Carol Oates, 1973–1982 by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco)
  • Writing in an Age of Silence by Sara Paretsky (Verso)
  • Russian Diary: A Journalist's Final Account of Life, Corruption and Death in Putin's Russia by Anna Politkovskaya (Random House)


  • American Transcendentalism by Philip Gura (FSG)
  • What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe (Oxford University Press)
  • Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet Washington (Doubleday)
  • Legacy of Ashes: A History of the CIA by Tim Weiner (Doubleday)
  • The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s)


  • Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra (HarperCollins)
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Riverhead)
  • In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar (Dial)
  • The Gravediggers Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates (HarperCollins)
  • The Shadow Catcher by Marianne Wiggins (S&S)


  • Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer by Tim Jeal (Yale University Press)
  • Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee (Knopf)
  • Ralph Ellison by Arnold Rampersad (Knopf)
  • The Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932 by John Richardson (Knopf)
  • Thomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin (Penguin)


  • Elegy by Mary Jo Bang (Graywolf)
  • Modern Life by Matthea Harvey (Graywolf)
  • Sleeping and Waking by Michael O'Brien (Flood)
  • The Ballad of Jamie Allan by Tom Pickard (Flood)
  • New Poems by Tadeusz Rozewicz (Archipelago)


  • Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints by Joan Acocella (Pantheon)
  • Once Upon a Quniceanera by Julia lvarez (Viking)
  • The Terror Dream by Susan Faludi (Metropolitan/Holt)
  • Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff (FSG)
  • The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross (FSG)

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