And now the nominations for the National Book Critics Circle annual awards are out.
Just like the ALA Notables list, I can't say there's a lot on this list I want to read*, which is a shame, because the NBCC has made some interesting choices in the past (please note my beloved Diana Athill won their award last year). I think I'm just starting to realize that I read and prefer nonfiction that's never going to win a lot of big awards--I like memoirs, essays, offbeat histories, business books, investigative titles (a category that particularly gets the shaft, in my opinion--why doesn't William Langewiesche** win more big awards?), some biographies...okay, well, I guess I like a lot of nonfiction types, but none of the specific titles I read are ever the big award-winning (or even nominated) titles. Typical. I always have to be opposite.
*But at least there's some. I do want to read Skippy Dies, and I wouldn't mind tackling that Somerset Maugham biography either.
**Minnesota Sarah, I threw this in there for you.