2012 LA Times Book Prize finalists released

February 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Just saw the shortlist and it’s an intriguing one.  I’ll note in bold the ones I have read and will link to the ones I have reviewed before.  Uncertain if I’ll have time to read/review any (I’m behind as it is for National Book Critics Circle Awards finalists) before the April 20 awards banquet, but I may at least try to review some of the winners later:

Biography
    Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned,John A. Farrell (Doubleday)
    Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, Manning Marable (Viking)
    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman,Robert K. Massie (Random House)
    Reading My Father: A Memoir, AlexandraStyron (Scribner)
    My Long Trip Home, Mark Whitaker (Simon& Schuster)
Current Interest
    Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translationand the Meaning of Everything,David Bellos (Faber & Faber/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
    El Narco: Inside Mexico’s CriminalInsurgency, Ioan Grillo (Bloomsbury Press)
    Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
    Pakistan: A Hard Country, Anatol Lieven(PublicAffairs)
    The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine,Science and Fear, Seth Mnookin (Simon & Schuster)
Fiction
    Ghost Light, Joseph O’Connor (A FrancesCoady Book/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
    The Cat’s Table, Michael Ondaatje(Knopf)
    The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka (Knopf)
    Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories, Edith Pearlman (LookoutBooks/University of North Carolina Wilmington)
    Luminarium, Alex Shakar (SoHo Press)
Art Seidenbaum Awardfor First Fiction
    TheArt of Fielding, Chad Harbach (Little, Brown & Company)
    TenThousand Saints, Eleanor Henderson (Ecco/HarperCollins)
    Leaving the Atocha Station, Ben Lerner(Coffee House Press)
    Shards, Ismet Prcic (BlackCat/Grove/Atlantic)
    The Arriviste, James Wallenstein(Milkweed Editions)
Graphic Novel
    I Will Bite You! And Other Stories,Joseph Lambert (Secret Acres)
    Celluloid, Dave McKean (Fantagraphics)
    Finder: Voice, Carla Speed McNeil (DarkHorse)
    Congress of the Animals, Jim Woodring(Fantagraphics)
    Garden, Yuichi Yokoyama (PictureBox)
History
    The Anatomy of a Moment: Thirty-Five Minutesin History and Imagination, Javier Cercas (Bloomsbury USA)
    1861: The Civil War Awakening, AdamGoodheart (Knopf)
    To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty andRebellion, 1914-1918, Adam Hochschild (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
    Molotov’s Magic Lantern: A Journey inRussian History, Rachel Polonsky (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
    Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and theMaking of Modern America, Richard White (W.W. Norton & Company)
Mystery / Thriller
    Started Early, Took My Dog, KateAtkinson (Reagan Arthur Books/Hachette Book Group)
    Plugged, Eoin Colfer (The OverlookPress)
    11/22/1963, Stephen King (Scribner)
    Snowdrops:A Novel, A.D. Miller (Doubleday)
    The End of Wasp Season, Denise Mina(Reagan Arthur Books/Hachette Book Group)
Poetry
    Songs of Unreason, Jim Harrison (CopperCanyon Press)
    Discipline, Dawn Lundy Martin (NightboatBooks)
    The Public Gardens, Linda Norton(Pressed Wafer)
    DoubleShadow: Poems, Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
    Devotions,Bruce Smith (University of Chicago Press)
Science &Technology
    A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea: The Race toKill the BP Oil Gusher, Joel Achenbach (Simon & Schuster)
    The Information: A History, A Theory, AFlood, James Gleick (Pantheon)
    Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys OverGirls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men, Mara Hvistendahl(PublicAffairs)
    Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius,Sylvia Nasar (Simon & Schuster)
    Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder inthe Scientific Revolution, Holly Tucker (W.W. Norton & Company)
Young AdultLiterature
    Beauty Queens, Libba Bray (ScholasticPress)
    The Big Crunch, Pete Hautman (ScholasticPress)
    A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea fromSiobhan Dowd, Patrick Ness (Candlewick Press)
    Life: An Exploded Diagram, Mal Peet (Candlewick Press)
    The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater(Scholastic Press)

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