Slate Reviews the National Book Critics Circle Winners

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March 12 2010 12:03 PM

Slate Reviews the National Book Critics Circle Winners

The National Book Critics Circle  announced their annual literary awards last night . You can find essays on some of the winners in the Slate archives but to save you the trouble of using our search engine, we've included links to the relevant articles below.

Nathan Heller  called  Blake Bailey's winning  biography of John Cheever  "masterful," noting that it successfully captured the author's "sweet" and "sour" sides. (You can also read Bailey's own pieces for  Slate including one on Cheever here .)

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Of Richard Holmes'  The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science Adam Kirsch said , it "places more faith in science's 'beauty' than its 'terror.' "

David Plotz  dubbed  Hilary Mantel's novel about Thomas Cromwell,  Wolf Hall , "pure pleasure to read; a 560-page man crush." Troy Patterson, John Swansburg, and Jacob Weisberg will be discussing the novel in next Monday's Audio Book Club so stay tuned.

Nina Shen Rastogi is a writer and editor, and is also the vice president for content at Figment.