National Book Critics Circle Award - Nonfiction by National Book Critics Circle

The National Book Critics Circle Award is an annual award given by the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) to promote the finest books and reviews published in English.

  1. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by <a href="/authors/1516">Maxine Hong Kingston</a>

    A Chinese American woman tells of the Chinese myths, family stories and events of her California childhood that have shaped her identity.

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  2. Edith Wharton: A Biography by <a href="/authors/720">R. W. B. Lewis</a>

    Edith Wharton: A Biography

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  3. Samuel Johnson by <a href="/authors/499">Walter Jackson Bate</a>

    This 1979 chronicle is seen by critics not only as the definitive life of Dr. Johnson, but as a model of well-researched, lucid, fair--but always affectionate--biography.


  4. Facts of Life by <a href="/authors/721">Maureen Howard</a>

    Maureen Keans-Howard (born 1930 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is an American writer, editor, and lecturer known for her award winning autobiography Facts of Life.


  5. Munich: The Price of Peace by <a href="/authors/722">Telford Taylor</a>

    Munich: The Price of Peace

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  6. Walter Lippmann and the American Century by <a href="/authors/723">Ronald Steel</a>

    The biography of Walter Lippman

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  7. The Mismeasure of Man by <a href="/authors/367">Stephen Jay Gould</a>

    The Mismeasure of Man is a 1981 book written by the Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould (1941–2002). The book is a history and critique of the methods and motivations underlying biological det...


  8. The Price of Power by <a href="/authors/724">Seymour M. Hersh</a>

    The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House

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  9. The Path to Power by <a href="/authors/373">Robert Caro</a>

    The Path to Power, Caro retraced Lyndon Johnson's life by temporarily moving to rural Texas and Washington, D.C., to better understand Johnson's upbringing and to interview anyone who had known Joh...


  10. Weapons and Hope by <a href="/authors/725">Freeman Dyson</a>

    Weapons and Hope by Freeman Dyson

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  11. Common Ground by <a href="/authors/698">J. Anthony Lukas</a>

    The book traces the history of three families: the African-American Twymons, the Irish McGoffs and the Yankee Divers. It gives brief genealogical histories of each families, focusing on how the eve...


  12. War Without Mercy by <a href="/authors/710">John W. Dower</a>

    War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War

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  13. Parting the Waters by <a href="/authors/726">Taylor Branch</a>

    Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63

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  14. The Broken Cord by <a href="/authors/727">Michael Dorris</a>

    Dorris, author of A Yellow raft in blue water, professor at Dartmouth College, and member of the Modoc Indian tribe, tells the moving story of his adopted Sioux son Adam, who suffers from Fetal Alc...


  15. The Making of the Atomic Bomb by <a href="/authors/372">Richard Rhodes</a>

    The Making of the Atomic Bomb, a book written by Richard Rhodes, won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award. The 900-page bo...


  16. The Content of Our Character by <a href="/authors/728">Shelby Stelle</a>

    In this controversial essay collection, award-winning writer Shelby Stelle illuminates the origins of the current conflict in race relations--the increase in anger, mistrust, and even violence betw...


  17. Backlash by <a href="/authors/729">Susan Faludi</a>

    Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women is the title of a 1991 nonfiction book by Pulitzer Prize winner Susan Faludi, which argues for the existence of a media driven "backlash" against...


  18. Young Men and Fire by <a href="/authors/730">Norman Maclean</a>

    Young Men and Fire is a non-fiction book written by Norman Maclean and edited by his son, John Norman Maclean. It is an account of Norman Maclean's research of the Mann Gulch fire of 1949 and the 1...


  19. The Land Where the Blues Began by <a href="/authors/731">Alan Lomax</a>

    Working for the Library of Congress and other cultural institutions, legendary roots-music connoisseur Lomax ( Mister Jelly Roll ) visited the Mississippi Delta with his father, folklorist John Lom...


  20. The Rape of Europa by <a href="/authors/732">Lynn Nicholas</a>

    The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War is the title of a book and a subsequent documentary film. The book, by Lynn Nicholas, explores the Naz...


  21. A Civil Action by <a href="/authors/733">Jonathan Harr</a>

    A Civil Action is a 1996 non-fiction novel by Jonathan Harr depicting the real-life water contamination case in Woburn, Massachusetts in the 1980s. The book became a best-seller and won the Nationa...


  22. Bad Land: An American Romance by <a href="/authors/734">Jonathan Raban</a>

    Raban (Old Glory), an Englishman now settled in Seattle, has written a vivid and utterly idiosyncratic social history of the homesteading movement in eastern Montana that went boom and bust during ...


  23. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by <a href="/authors/735">Anne Fadiman</a>

    The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures is a 1997 book by Anne Fadiman that chronicles the struggles of a Hmong refugee fami...


  24. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by <a href="/authors/352">Philip Gourevitch</a>

    We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda is a 1998 non-fiction book about the genocide of 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda in 1994, wr...


  25. Time, Love, Memory by <a href="/authors/706">Jonathan Weiner</a>

    Jonathan Weiner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Beak of the Finch, brings his brilliant reporting skills to the story of Seymour Benzer, the Brooklyn-born maverick scientist whose study of ge...


  26. Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing by <a href="/authors/736">Ted Conover</a>

    Acclaimed journalist Conover sets a new standard for reporting when he applies for a job as a prison officer. So begins his odyssey at Sing Sing, once a model prison but now the New York State's mo...


  27. Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper by <a href="/authors/737">Nicholson Baker</a>

    Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper is a non-fiction book by Nicholson Baker that was published in April, 2001. An excerpt appeared in the July 24, 2000 issue of The New Yorker, under t...


  28. Sons of Mississippi by <a href="/authors/738">Paul Hendrickson</a>

    To help us understand racism in America, former Washington Post journalist Hendrickson tells the story of the seven white Mississippi sheriffs shown admiring a billy club in a famed 1962 photograph.


  29. The Reformation by <a href="/authors/739">Diarmaid MacCulloch</a>

    The Reformation: A History (2003) is a history book by English historian Diarmaid MacCulloch. It is a survey of the European Reformation between 1490 and 1700. It won the 2004 National Book Critics...


  30. Voices from Chernobyl by <a href="/authors/740">Svetlana Alexievich</a>

    Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster is a 2005 book by Svetlana Alexievich. Alexievich was a journalist living in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, at the time of the Chernoby...


  31. Rough Crossings by <a href="/authors/369">Simon Schama</a>

    Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution is a history book and television series by Simon Schama. This gives an account of the history of thousands of enslaved African Amer...


  32. Medical Apartheid by <a href="/authors/741">Harriet A. Washington</a>

    Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present is a 2007 book by Harriet A. Washington. It is a comprehensive history of medica...


  33. The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by <a href="/authors/1101">Richard Holmes</a>

    The Age of Wonder: How the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of Science is a 2008 popular science book about the history of science written by Richard Holmes. In it, the author d...


  34. The Forever War by <a href="/authors/742">Dexter Filkins</a>

    The Forever War is a non-fiction book by American journalist Dexter Filkins about his observations on assignment in Afghanistan and Iraq during the Iraq War. The book made the New York Times Book R...


  35. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by <a href="/authors/1433">Isabel Wilkerson</a>

    One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold sto...

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  36. Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World by <a href="/authors/1434">Maya Jasanoff</a>

    A global history of the post-Revolutionary War exodus of 60,000 Americans loyal to the British Empire to such regions as Canada, India and Sierra Leone traces the experiences of specific individual...

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  37. Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by <a href="/authors/767">Andrew Solomon</a>

    From the National Book Award–winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression comes a monumental new work, a decade in the writing, about family. In Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon tel...

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  38. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by <a href="/authors/1435">Sheri Fink</a>

    One of the New York Times’s Best Ten Books of the Year Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Winner of the 2014 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Pri...

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