Congratulations to the Finalists and Winners Who Made The National Book Critics Circle List!

By Deanna Denman | March 24 2023 | AdultGeneral

The National Book Critics Circle was founded in 1974 by a group of the most influential critics of the day. It was awarded its first set of honors the following year. Now comprising of more than 600 critics and book editors throughout the country, the NBCC annually bestows its awards in six categories, honoring the best books published in the past year in the United States. It is considered one of the most prestigious awards in the publishing industry.

A big congratulations to our authors and their titles that made it into the longlist. A big congratulations as well to Hua Hsu, whose memoir Stay True won the autobiography award, and to Beverly Gage, who walked away with the Biography award for G-Man. All Penguin Random House titles are linked below!

The Furrows – Namwali Serpell

An Immense World – Ed Yong

Stay True (Winner) – Hua Hsu
The Man Who Could Move Clouds – Ingrid Rojas Contreras

– Beverly Gage
Mr. B – Jennifer Homans
Metaphysical Animals – Claire Mac Cumhaill, Rachel Wiseman

Seduced By Story 
– Peter Brooks
Constructing a Nervous System – Margo Jefferson

John Leonard Prize
The Rabbit Hutch – Tess Gunty
Ancestor Trouble – Maud Newton

Greg Barrios Book in Translation
The Books of Jacob – Olga Tokarczuk

Stay True
PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • A NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR • A gripping memoir on friendship, grief, the search for self, and the solace that can be found through art, by the New Yorker staff writer Hua Hsu“This book is exquisite and excruciating and I will be thinking about it for years and years to come.” —Rachel Kushner, New York Times bestselling author of The Flamethrowers and The Mars Room
$26.00 US
Sep 27, 2022
208 Pages
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Man Who Could Move Clouds
FINALIST FOR THE 2023 PULITZER PRIZE FOR MEMOIRFINALIST FOR THE 2022 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTIONFINALIST FOR THE 2022 NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDFINALIST FOR THE 2022 CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARDLONGLISTED FOR THE 2023 ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTIONA TIME BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • ONE OF NPR’S “BOOKS WE LOVE” • ONE OF BOOKPAGE’S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR “A spellbinding and genre-defying ancestral history.”—New York Times Book Review From the author of the “original, politically daring and passionately written” (Vogue) novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree, comes a dazzling, kaleidoscopic memoir reclaiming her family's otherworldly legacy.
$30.00 US
Jul 12, 2022
320 Pages
US, Canada, Open Mkt

G-Man (Pulitzer Prize Winner)
Winner of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize in BiographyWinner of the 2022 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography, the 2023 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy, and the 43rd LA Times Book Prize in Biography | Finalist for the 2023 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for BiographyNamed a Best Book of 2022 by The Atlantic, The Washington Post and Smithsonian Magazine and a New York Times Top 100 Notable Books of 2022 “Masterful…This book is an enduring, formidable accomplishment, a monument to the power of biography [that] now becomes the definitive work”—The Washington Post“A nuanced portrait in a league with the best of Ron Chernow and David McCullough.”—The Wall Street JournalA major new biography of J Edgar Hoover that draws from never-before-seen sources to create a groundbreaking portrait of a colossus who dominated half a century of American history and planted the seeds for much of today's conservative political landscape.
$45.00 US
Nov 22, 2022
864 Pages
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Mr. B
Based on a decade of unprecedented research, the first major biography of George Balanchine—a broad-canvas portrait set against the backdrop of the tumultuous century that shaped the man The New York Times called “the Shakespeare of dancing.”
$40.00 US
Nov 01, 2022
784 Pages
Random House
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Metaphysical Animals
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • A vibrant portrait of four college friends—Iris Murdoch, Philippa Foot, Elizabeth Anscombe, and Mary Midgley—who formed a new philosophical tradition while Oxford's men were away fighting World War II.
$32.50 US
May 10, 2022
416 Pages
US,CAN,OpnMkt(no EU)

Seduced by Story
In this spiritual sequel to his influential Reading for the Plot, Peter Brooks examines the dangerously alluring power of storytelling.
$17.95 US
Oct 18, 2022
176 Pages
New York Review Books

Constructing a Nervous System
“Jefferson’s candor, and the courage and rigor of her critic’s mind, recall a number of America’s greatest thinkers.”—Tracy K. Smith, The New York Times Book Review
$27.00 US
Apr 12, 2022
208 Pages
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Furrows
How do you grieve an absence? A brilliantly inventive novel about loss and belonging, from the award-winning author of The Old Drift.ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Vulture, Lit Hub, Electric Lit, Millions and New York Magazine
$27.00 US
Sep 27, 2022
288 Pages
US, Canada, Open Mkt

An Immense World
A grand tour through the hidden realms of animal senses that will transform the way you perceive the world—from the Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling author of I Contain Multitudes.
$30.00 US
Jun 21, 2022
464 Pages
Random House
US,OpnMkt(no EU/CAN)

The Books of Jacob
The Nobel Prize-winner's richest, most sweeping and ambitious novel yet follows the comet-like rise and fall of a mysterious, Messianic religious leader as he blazes his way across eighteenth-century Europe.
$35.00 US
Feb 01, 2022
992 Pages
Riverhead Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Rabbit Hutch
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • The standout literary debut that everyone is talking about • "Inventive, heartbreaking and acutely funny."—The GuardianA BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, TIME, NPR, Oprah Daily, People Blandine isn't like the other residents of her building.
$28.00 US
Aug 02, 2022
352 Pages
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Ancestor Trouble
An acclaimed writer goes searching for the truth about her wildly unconventional Southern family—and finds that our obsession with ancestors opens up new ways of seeing ourselves.
$28.99 US
Mar 29, 2022
400 Pages
Random House
US, Canada, Open Mkt