Critical Notes

August, 2016

Critical Notes: Colson Whitehead, William Giraldi and Patient H.M.

by Elizabeth Taylor | Aug-29-2016

Board member Colette Bancroft reviews Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad for the Tampa Bay Times. Mike Lindgren reviews William Giraldi’s The Hero’s...read »

Critical Notes: Jacqueline Woodson, Colson Whitehead, Jessica Valenti, and more

by Michele Filgate | Aug-22-2016

Newsday books editor and NBCC board president Tom Beer interviews Jacqueline Woodson about Another Brooklyn, her new novel for adults. For her weekly Lit Hub...read »

Helen Gurley Brown, Teju Cole and Romance of Latin

by Elizabeth Taylor | Aug-15-2016

Post-conventions, mid-Olympics, pre-Labor Day, and plenty of time for summer reading. Board member Carmela Ciuraru has been surveying a set of smart readers,...read »

July, 2016

Critical Notes: Carolyn See, Jade Sharma, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Pamela Erens, and more

by Michele Filgate | Jul-25-2016

Author and former NBCC board member Carolyn See passed away at the age of 82.   Tom Beer, Newsday books editor and NBCC board president, reviewed cancer...read »

Mychal Denzel Smith, Cynthia Ozick and Anne Tyler

by Elizabeth Taylor | Jul-11-2016

It's a steamy summer, and drama and tragedy roll across the nation.  It was a particularly resonant time for NBCC Board member Walton Muyumba to write about...read »

June, 2016

Summer Reading, John Domini and more Barkskins

by Elizabeth Taylor | Jun-27-2016

Heading into a holiday weekend, NBCC Past President and current VP/Online Jane Ciabattari selects 10 new beach reads for her Between the Lines columnn for...read »

Barkskins, Stephen King and Orlando

by Elizabeth Taylor | Jun-20-2016

Annie Proulx's Barkskins attracted significant attention from book reviewers.  Jeffrey Ann Goudie reviews the novel for the Kansas City Star.  Board member...read »

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