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Robert Caro, Katherine Boo nominated for National Book Critics Circle prize

NEW YORK (AP) -- Robert Caro, Katherine Boo and the late Anthony Shadid are among the finalists for the National Book Critics Circle prize.

Boo already won the National Book Award for her nonfiction account of a Mumbai community, "Beyond the Beautiful Forevers," while Caro was a finalist for his latest Lyndon Johnson book, "The Passage of Power," and Shadid for his memoir "House of Stone." Zadie Smith's "NW" and National Book Award contender Ben Fountain's "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" were fiction nominees.

Thirty authors in six competitive categories were announced Monday, with stories set everywhere from Texas to London to North Korea. Some of last year's critical favorites were bypassed, including Junot Diaz's "This Is How You Lose Her" and David Nasaw's "The Patriarch."

Others in the running for fiction include French author Laurent Binet's "HHhH," Adam Johnson's "The Orphan Master's Son" and Lydia Millet's "Magnificence." Boo is a nominee for general nonfiction, along with Andrew Solomon's bestselling "Far from the Tree," Steve Coll's "Private Empire," Jim Holt's "Why Does the World Exist?" and David Quammen's "Spillover."

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