NBA Finalists: Nonfiction

The National Book Critics Circle’s blog, “Critical Mass” has a handy rundown of all the nominees, with annotations for each title and backgrounds on the authors.

We looked at the critical reaction to the fiction finalists yesterday. So far, no questions have been raised about the nonfiction finalists.

Checking holdings in four large library systems, Jane Mayer’s The Dark Side has the greatest number of reserves and is also owned in the greatest quantities, followed by Annette Gordon-Reed’s The Hemingses of Monticello and Drew Gilpin Faust’s Republic of Suffering. Unabridged audio is available for all three titles; many libraries do not own the audio versions.

The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals

Jane Mayer

  • Hardcover: $27.50; 400 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385526393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385526395
  • Audio CD: Unabridged; $34.95
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 073937592X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739375921

 

The Hemingses of Monticello 

Annette Gordon-Reed

  • Hardcover: $35; 800 pages
  • Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. (September 17, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0393064778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393064773
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, 25 Audio CDs (Library Binder Pkg); $95.99
  • Publisher: Tantor Media (October 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 140015975X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400159758

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War 

Drew Gilpin Faust

  • Hardcover: $27.95;368 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (January 8, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 037540404X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375404047
  • Audio CD:  Unabridged; 10 CD’s; $90
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks, Inc.; (April 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1433233428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433233425
  • Hardcover: $31.95; 645 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press (August 20, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1410408310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410408310

 

The other two finalists are owned in small quantities, with some holds pending:

 

Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives 

Jim Sheeler

  • Hardcover: $25.95; 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press; (May 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 159420165X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594201653
  • Audio CD: Unabridged; 5 CD’s; $29.95
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio; (May 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0143143255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143143253

Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order

Joan Wickersham

  • Hardcover: $25; 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt; (August 4, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0151014906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151014903

 

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