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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

National Book Critics Circle Announces Winners for 2012

The winners of the National Book Critics Circle book awards for the publishing year 2012 were announced on Thursday, February 28, 2013.  The award recipients in each category:

useless landscapePoetry
Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys, by D.A. Powell
“In D. A. Powell’s fifth book of poetry, the rollicking line he has made his signature becomes the taut, more discursive means to describing beauty, singing a dirge, directing an ironic smile, or questioning who in any given setting is the instructor and who is the pupil.”
stranger magicCriticism
Stranger Magic: Charmed Staes and the Arabian Nights, by Marina Warners
“…explores the magical realm of the imagination where carpets fly and genies grant prophetic wishes. Stranger Magic examines the profound impact of the Arabian Nights on the West, the progressive exoticization of magic, and the growing acceptance of myth and magic in contemporary experience.”

swimming studiesAutobiography
Swimming Studies, by Leanne Shapton,  “A collection of autobiographical sketches that explore the worlds of competitive and recreation swimming. From her training for the Olympic trials as a teenager, to meditative swims in pools and oceans as an adult, Shapton contemplates the sport that has shaped her life.”

passage of powerBiography
The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, by Robert A. Caro, “Examines Lyndon Johnson’s volatile relationships with John and Robert Kennedy, describes JFK’s assassination from Johnson’s viewpoint, and recounts his accomplishments as president before they were overshadowed by the Vietnam War.”

far from the treeBilly Lynn’s Long Half Time WalkNonfiction
Far From the Tree: Parents, Childen, and the Search for Identity, by Andrew Solomon
“Explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing his own experiences as a gay child of straight parents while evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental, or cultural factors that divide families.”

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain
“Asked to be part of the Dallas Cowboys’ halftime show on Thanksgiving, Specialist Billy Lynn, one of the eight surviving men of the Bravo Squad, finds his life forever changed by this event that causes him to better understand difficult truths about himself.”

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