Posted on January 22, 2019 at 1:34 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The National Book Critics Circle announced its nominees for the outstanding books of 2018 today.

The awards, among the most prestigious in the American literary world, are chosen by a jury of working critics and book-review editors.

Winners will be announced March 14.

The NBCC also announced that Tommy Orange, author of There There, will receive the John Leonard Prize, which recognizes an outstanding first book in any genre.

You can read more about the awards and nominees of note in the NBCC’s news release; the complete list is below.


  • The Day That Went Missing: A Family’s Story, by Richard Beard.

  • All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir, by Nicole Chung.

  • What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth: A Memoir of Brotherhood, by Rigoberto Gonzalez.

  • Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home, by Nora Krug.

  • Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over, by Nell Painter.

  • Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover.


  • Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous, by Christopher Bonanos.

  • Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret, by Craig Brown.

  • Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History, by Yunte Huang.

  • The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century, by Mark Lamster.

  • The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, by Jane Leavy.


  • Is It Still Good to Ya?: Fifty Years of Rock Criticism, 1967-2017, by Robert Christgau.

  • Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics, by Stephen Greenblatt.

  • To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight, by Terrance Hayes.

  • The Reckonings: Essays, by Lacy M. Johnson.

  • Feel Free: Essays, by Zadie Smith.


  • Milkman, by Anna Burns.

  • Slave Old Man, by Patrick Chamoiseau (translated by Linda Coverdale).

  • The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, by Denis Johnson.

  • The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner.

  • The House of Broken Angels, by Luis Alberto Urrea.


  • The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border, by Francisco Cantú.

  • Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, by Steve Coll.

  • The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt.

  • We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights, by Adam Winkler.

  • God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State, by Lawrence Wright.


  • American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, by Terrance Hayes.

  • The Carrying, by Ada Limón.

  • Holy Moly Carry Me, by Erika Meitner.

  • Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, by Diane Seuss.

  • Asymmetry, by Adam Zagajewski (translated by Clare Cavanagh).

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