These finalists all seem fine books. My problem with the fiction is that from what I read in reviews, they all seem somewhat narcissistic – except for this one – my choice, if not a predicted winner:
Of the nonfiction I have to go with this one – as fine a look at modern culture as you'll see these days, and possibly a precursor of what lies beyone postmodernism:
The finalists for the annual National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Award have been announced. The fiction list includes one of the biggest fiction releases of last year, but all five of the finalists got a fair amount of ink. No huge surprises. In fact, as we’ve noted in the past, the NBCC seems to do a better job of catching the zeitgeist than other major prizes like the National Book Award and the Booker, which like to play kingmaker by annointing less well known titles. Here are the finalists for fiction and non-fiction with excerpts and other links where available. As a side note, the NBCC award is particularly interesting in that it is one of the few major awards that pits American books against overseas (usually British) books.