National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism

awarded since 1975.

 

2015 selection

The Argonauts

National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 2015

by Maggie Nelson Graywolf Press (May 05, 2015)

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family

Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely...


2011 selection

Otherwise Known as the Human Condition

National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 2011

by Geoff Dyer Graywolf Press (March 29, 2011)

*Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism*

*A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice*

*A New York Times Top 10 Nonfiction Book of the Year, as selected by Dwight Garner*

Geoff Dyer has...


2009 selection

Notes from No Man's Land

National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 2009

by Eula Biss Graywolf Press (March 01, 2011)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism

Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

A frank and fascinating exploration of race and racial identity

Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays...


2007 selection

The Rest Is Noise

Guardian First Book Award 2008, National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 2007

by Alex Ross Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 16, 2007)

The scandal over modern music has not died down. While paintings by Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock sell for a hundred million dollars or more, shocking musical works from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring onward...


1998 selection

Visions of Jazz: The First Century

National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 1998

by Gary Giddins Oxford University Press (October 22, 1998)

Poised to become a classic of jazz literature, Visions of Jazz: The First Century offers seventy-nine chapters illuminating the lives of virtually all the major figures in jazz history. From Louis Armstrongs...


1997 selection

Making Waves

National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 1997

by Mario Vargas Llosa & John King Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 18, 2011)

Spanning thirty years of writing, Making Waves traces the development of Mario Vargas Llosa's thinking on politics and culture, and shows the breadth of his interests and passions. Featured here are astute meditations...


1977 selection

On Photography

National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 1977

by Susan Sontag Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2011)

Winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticism.

One of the most highly regarded books of its kind, On Photography first appeared in 1977 and is described by its author as "a progress of essays...


1975 selection

The Great War and Modern Memory

National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 1975

by Paul Fussell Oxford Paperbacks (February 28, 2000)

The year 2000 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of The Great War and Modern Memory, winner of the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and recently named by the Modern...