The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for the 2011 publishing awards. The NBCC is a nonprofit organization that supports book reviewers and the publishing world in general. The group is made up of the premiere book reviewers in the country and this award is considered one of the top literary prizes.
Here's a video of the announcement, delivered by previous finalists and winners, including last year's fiction winner Jennifer Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad).
Here's a list to a complete list. I'll readily admit to not having read a single one of these books, although I've heard great things about The Stranger's Child, a century-spanning tale of a love triangle by previous Booker Prize winner Alan Hollinghurst. I'm also interested in The Marriage Plot since I really enjoyed Jeffrey Eugenides' previous book, Middlesex.
Anybody planning on reading /has read any of the other finalists?