National Book Critics Circle Awards Announced


Winners of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Awards were recently announced.

Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad won for fiction. In nonlinear fashion, each chapter is written from a different character’s point of view, so perhaps it can be viewed as an overlapping set of short stories, rather than chapters. Egan pushes fiction’s boundaries and offers a fresh reading experience. In short, Goon Squad is a story of time, life, relationships, aging, technology, and an evolving rock music scene.

Other notable NBCCA winners include:

General Nonfiction: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson.

Biography: How To Live: Or, A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer, by Sarah Bakewell.

Autobiography: Half a Life, by Darin Strauss.