Book critics start narrowing the list

The National Book Critics Circle have announced the finalists for its annual awards, which will be presented March 13.


*A. Manette Ansay, "Midnight Champagne" (Morrow)

*Frederick Busch, "The Night Inspector" (Crown)

*J.M. Coetzee, "Disgrace" (Viking)

*David Gates, "The Wonders of the Invisible World" (Knopf)

*Jonathan Lethem, "Motherless Brooklyn" (Doubleday)

General Nonfiction

*Jane Brox, "Five Thousand Days Like This One: An American Family History" (Beacon)

*John Dower, "Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II" (Norton/New Press)

*Patricia Hampl, "I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory" (Norton)

*Jean-Paul Kauffmann, "The Black Room at Longwood: Napoleon's Exile on Saint Helena" (Four Walls Eight Windows)

*Jonathan Weiner, "Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior" (Knopf)


*Richard Holmes, "Coleridge: Darker Reflections," vol. II (Pantheon)

*Jean Strouse, "Morgan: American Financier" (Random)

*Judith Thurman, "Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette" (Knopf)

*Susan Tifft and Alex Jones, "The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind The New York Times" (Little, Brown)

*Henry Wiencek, "The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White" (St. Martin's)

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