Sunday, December 17, 2017
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National Book Critics Circle 2012 award winners announced

The latest volume in a magisterial biography of Lyndon Johnson, an illustrated memoir that takes place mostly in swimming pools, a critical work focusing on the influence of the tales of Arabian Nights, a poetry collection dealing with sexual identity, a study of unusual relationships between parents and children, and a novel about football, war and America: These books took home awards Thursday night from the National Book Critics Circle. At a ceremony at the New School in New York City, the NBCC announced these winners of its 2012 book awards in six categories, chosen from 30 finalists. Biography: Robert Caro, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson; Autobiography and memoir: Leanne Shapton, Swimming Studies; Criticism: Marina Warner, Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights; Poetry: D.A. Powell, Useless Landscapes, or, A Guide for Boys; Nonfiction: Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity; Fiction: Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk. — Colette Bancroft, Times Book Editor

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