National Book Critics Circle "honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature."
The National Book Critics Circle Awards "are given each March and honor the best literature published in the United States in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. These are the only national literary awards chosen by critics themselves."
Here are some of the 2014 nominees.
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Euphoria by Lily King
On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee
Lila by Marilynne Robinson
The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation by David Brion Davis
The Zhivago affair: the Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a forbidden book by Peter Finn and Petra Couvee
The Sixth Extinction: an unnatural history by Elizabeth Kolbert
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
Deep Down Dark: the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine, and the miracle that set them free by Hector Tobar