The National Book Critics Circle - with some 600 book reviewers - was created in 1974 and offers an annual award to be announced on March 10. This year's finalists demonstrate numerous Jewish themes.
The NBCC list of five fiction finalists include:
-- David Grossman - "To the End of the Land"
-- Hans Keilson - "Comedy in a Minor Key"
-- Jonathan Franzen - "Freedom"
Among the five biography finalists are:
-- Tom Segev - "The Lives and Legends" (biography of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal)
-- Kai Bird - "Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978"
-- Christopher Hitchens - "Hitch-22" (who discovers as an adult that his mother was Jewish).
Click here for more information on the NBCC and here's the link for a complete list of the finalists.