Sarah Bakewell. How To Live: Or, A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer (Other Press)
C. D. Wright. One with Others: [a little book of her days] (Copper Canyon)
Clare Cavanagh. Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West (Yale University Press)
Isabel Wilkerson. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (Random House)
Darin Strauss. Half a Life (McSweeney’s)
Jennifer Egan. A Visit from the Goon Squad (Knopf)
For more information about the winners, and a list of the other nominees, see the NBCC blog, Critical Mass.