Critical Notes

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 »

Critical Notes: Nabokov, Modiano and Levi

by Elizabeth Taylor | Oct-04-2015

“It is a fact universally acknowledged that Vladimir Nabokov is a genius. His stylistic brilliance, the intricacy of his post-modern narratives, his...read »

September, 2015

Critical Notes: C.K. Williams, Chinelo Okparanta, Joyce Carol Oates, Ron Rash, and more

by Michele Filgate | Sep-28-2015

C.K. Williams, winner of a National Book Critics Circle prize for Flesh and Blood, as well as a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for other poetry...read »

Beyond Franzen and Ferrante: Valerie Martin, Per Petterson and Spider Web

by Elizabeth Taylor | Sep-07-2015

NBCC member Clea Simon reviews Sea Lovers, Valerie Martin’s new collection of short stories for the Boston Globe. NBCC member Carol Iaciofano reviews...read »

August, 2015

Fictional Florida, Voting Rights Act, Amitov Ghosh and Dragonfish

by Elizabeth Taylor | Aug-10-2015

Florida might be regarded as Hemingway country, but in the Tampa Bay Times,  NBCC board member Colette Bancroft comes up with a look at the more than 80...read »

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