Emmett Till

Stellar nonfiction chosen by the National Book Critics Circle

Stellar nonfiction chosen by the National Book Critics Circle

Next month, the National Book Critics Circle will present its 2016 book prizes in six categories; these are the five finalists in nonfiction. Each book deserves to be read for years to come, but every one of them seems to speak urgently about this particular moment — a time of economic inequality and political turmoil, and of new attention to long-simmering conversations about race, history and violence.

“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”

Matthew Desmond

Crown: 432 pp., $28

“Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare,”

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