National Book Critics Circle Award - Finalists - 2007


The 2007 award winners were announced on March 6, 2008.


  • Vikram Chandra, Sacred Games (HarperCollins)
  • Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead)
  • Hisham Matar, In the Country of Men (Dial Press)
  • Joyce Carol Oates, The Gravedigger's Daughter (Ecco)
  • Marianne Wiggins, The Shadow Catcher (Simon and Schuster)

General nonfiction

  • Philip Gura, American Transcendentalism (Hill & Wang)
  • Daniel Walker Howe, What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America 1815–1848 (Oxford University Press)
  • Harriet Washington, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (Doubleday)
  • Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes: A History of the CIA (Doubleday)
  • Alan Weisman, The World Without Us (Thomas Dunne BKs/St. Martin’s)


  • Joshua Clark, Heart Like Water: Surviving Katrina and Life in Its Disaster Zone (Free Press)
  • Edwidge Danticat, Brother, I'm Dying (Knopf)
  • Joyce Carol Oates, The Journals of Joyce Carol Oates, 1973–1982 (Ecco)
  • Sara Paretsky, Writing in an Age of Silence (Verso)
  • Anna Politkovskaya, Russian Diary: A Journalist's Final Account of Life, Corruption and Death in Putin's Russia (Random House)


  • Tim Jeal, Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer (Yale University Press)
  • Hermione Lee, Edith Wharton (Knopf)
  • Arnold Rampersad, Ralph Ellison (Knopf)
  • John Richardson, A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917–1932 (Knopf)
  • Claire Tomalin, Thomas Hardy (Penguin Press)


  • Mary Jo Bang, Elegy (Graywolf)
  • Matthea Harvey, Modern Life (Graywolf)
  • Michael O'Brien, Sleeping and Waking (Flood)
  • Tom Pickard, The Ballad of Jamie Allan (Flood)
  • Tadeusz Różewicz, New Poems (Archipelago)


  • Joan Acocella, Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints (Pantheon)
  • Julia Alvarez, Once Upon a Quniceanera (Viking)
  • Susan Faludi, The Terror Dream (Metropolitan/Holt)
  • Ben Ratliff, Coltrane: The Story of a Sound (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Alex Ross, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

The Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

  • Brooke Allen
  • Sam Anderson, book critic for New York magazine
  • Ron Charles
  • Walter Kirn
  • Adam Kirsch

Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Emilie Buchwald, writer, editor, and founding publisher of Milkweed Editions, in Minneapolis.

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