The 2022 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists Have Been Announced

By: Brandon Williams, February 2nd, 2023 11:02 pm.

The finalists have been announced for the 2022 National Book Critics Circle Awards. There are six categories (autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry), plus two other awards (John Leonard Prize for first book and George Barrios Book in Translation Prize). The winners are to be announced on March 23rd.

For a look at all of the past winners, please visit the National Book Critics Circle website.


  • Linea Nigra: An Essay on Pregnancy and Earthquakes by Jazmina Barrera
  • Stay True: A Memoir by Hua Hsu
  • A Line in the World: A Year on the North Sea Coast by Dorthe Nors
  • Come Back in September: A Literary Education on West Sixty-seventh Street, Manhattan by Darryl Pinckney
  • The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir by Ingrid Rojas Contreras


  • G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century by Beverly Gage
  • The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family by Kerri K. Greenidge
  • Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century by Jennifer Homans
  • Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Brought Philosophy Back to Life by Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman
  • Up from the Depths: Herman Melville, Lewis Mumford, and Rediscovery in Dark Times by Aaron Sachs


  • Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us by Rachel Aviv
  • Free Indirect: The Novel in a Postfictional Age by Timothy Bewes
  • Seduced by Story: The Use and Abuse of Narrative by Peter Brooks
  • Constructing a Nervous System: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson
  • When Women Kill: Four Crimes Retold by Alia Trabucco Zerán



  • The Method: How the Twentieth Century Learned to Act by Isaac Butler
  • Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands by Kelly Lytle Hernandez
  • Virology: Essays for the Living, the Dead, and the Small Things in Between by Joseph Osmundson
  • Fen, Bog, & Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis by Annie Proulx
  • An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong


  • Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear by Mosab Abu Toha
  • Hotel Oblivion by Cynthia Cruz
  • Hello I Must Be Going by David Hernandez
  • banana [ ] by Paul Hlava Ceballos
  • Milkweed Smithereens by Bernadette Mayer

John Leonard Prize

Gregg Barrios Prize

  • Grey Bees by Andrey Kurkov (translated by Boris Dralyuk)
  • The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk (translated by Jennifer Croft)
  • You Can Be the Last Leaf by Maya Abu Al-Hayyat (translated by Fady Joudah)
  • When I Sing, Mountains Dance by Irene Solà (translated by Mara Faye Lethem)
  • Linea Nigra: An Essay on Pregnancy and Earthquakes by Jazmina Barrera (translated by Christina McSweeney)
  • Kibogo by Scholastique Mukasonga (translated by Mark Polizzotti)
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