Critical Notes

February, 2016

Critical Notes: Alexander Chee, Elizabeth Strout, Chris Offutt, and more

by Michele Filgate | Feb-15-2016

NBCC Board member and 2013 Balakian winner Katherine A. Powers reviews Andrea Molesini's Not All Bastards Are from Vienna for The New York Times Book Review,...read »

Rachel Cantor, Ian Buruma and Darryl Pinckney, plus Squirrels

by Elizabeth Taylor | Feb-01-2016

Rachel Cantor's novel Good On Paper has received much critical attention from reviewers, Michael Magras reviews it for BookPage  and Jeffrey Ann Goudie...read »

January, 2016

Critical Notes: Reviews of Elizabeth Strout, Ian Buruma, Diana Athill, and more

by Carmela Ciuraru | Jan-18-2016

Your reviews seed this roundup; please send items, including news about your latest publications and recent honors, to NBCCCritics@gmail.com. (Current members...read »

Elizabeth Strout, Me. Splitfoot and Presidential Primaries

by Elizabeth Taylor | Jan-11-2016

The new year is off to a great start with a book critics enthusiastic about books published this month, with praise lavished on My Name Is Lucy Barton by...read »

December, 2015

Best books of 2015, Best British novel, James Lee Burke

by Elizabeth Taylor | Dec-14-2015

As the year comes to a close, critics share listicles of favorite books. NBCC President Tom Beer names Newsday’s Best Books of the year and includes books by...read »

October, 2015

Critical Notes: Jane Smiley, Valeria Luiselli, Michel Houellebecq, Stacy Schiff, and more

by Michele Filgate | Oct-26-2015

NBCC honored writers Marilynne Robinson, Adam Johnson, and Anthony Marra make news in NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari’s weekly column for Literary Hub. For...read »

Critical Notes: Hallberg, Rainbow Rowell and Bonnie Jo Campbell

by Elizabeth Taylor | Oct-12-2015

Marion Winik reviews Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire for Newsday.  Pamela Erens defends Karl Ove Knausgaard and “autofiction” in the Virginia Quarterly...read »

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