Critical Notes: Ann Patchett, Nicholson Baker, Affinity Konar, Jonathan Safran Foer, and more

by Carmela Ciuraru | Sep-18-2016

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Gerald Bartell reviews "The Accidental Life" by Terry McDonell for the San Francisco Chronicle.

NBCC Board Member Jane Ciabattari's latest columns for BBC Culture ("Ten Books You Should Read This September") and Lit Hub ("5 Books Making News This Week").

Steven G. Kellman reviews Affinity Konar's "Mischling" for the Dallas Morning News, and "Here I Am," by Jonathan Safran Foer, for the San Francisco Chronicle.

NBCC board president (and Newsday books editor) Tom Beer reviews Ann Patchett’s "Commonwealth" for Newsday.

"The Idea of Ancestry," the first installment of NBCC Board Member David Biespiel's "21 Poems That Shaped America" series, appeared in The Rumpus.

Michael Leong reviews Alejandro Zambra’s "Multiple Choice" (Penguin Books) and Matías Celedón’s "The Subsidiary" (Melville House) for Hyperallergic

Joe Peschel reviews "Substitute" by Nicholson Baker for the News & Observer.

Former NBCC Board Member Mark Athitakis reviews "The Nix" by Nathan Hill for the Star-Tribune.

Kerri Arsenault interviews editor Nan Talese: “Interview with a Gatekeeper” for Lit Hub.

NBCC Board Member Carmela Ciuraru reviews Imbolo Mbue, Lisa McInerney and more in her latest "Newly Released" column for the New York Times.

Former NBCC Board Member David Ulin's "Southern California, End of the Line," on Gregory Halpern’s new photo book, “Zzyzx,” appeared in the New Yorker.

Michael Magras reviews Robert Olen Butler's "Perfume River" for BookPage, and Jonathan Safran Foer's "Here I Am" for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Jeffrey Ann Goudie reviews Ann Patchett's "Commonwealth" for the Kansas City Star.

NBCC Board Member (and books editor of the Star-Tribune) Laurie Hertzel interviews Elizabeth Alexander. Hertzel's essay on how she learned to read also appeared in the Star-Tribune, as did her reviews of “Counting the Days While My Mind Disappears,” by Ben Utecht and “Tell Me Exactly What Happened,” by Caroline Burau





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