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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 Body for the Washington Post

Julia M. Klein reviews Luke Dittrich's Patient H.M. for the Boston Globe.

Joe Peschel reviews A. S. Byatt's Peacock & Vine for the News & Observer.

Frank Freeman reviews Germaine de Stael: A Political Biography by Biancamaria Fontana for Washington Free Beacon.

Rachel Mack reviews Bull and Other Stories by Kathy Anderson for Necessary Fiction.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue for the San Francisco Chronicle. 

In her series of Second Acts essays, Lisa Russ Spaar writes about books by Linda Gregerson and Rachel Richardson for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

For the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Lauren LeBlanc reviews Chronicle of a Last Summer by Yasmine El Rashidi and Riverine by Angela Palm.

In other news, Fred Setterberg's Sam Maloof:  36 Views of a Master Woodworker (Heyday Books) has been selected as a finalist for the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association 2016 Glenn Goldman Award for Art, Architecture, and Photography books.

 

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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 column, NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari tracks books making news, including NBCC fiction finalists Colson Whitehead's new novel The Underground Railroad, and two first books from writers with promise.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Jessica Valenti’s Sex Object for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Katie Haegele reviews Mark Haddon’s The Pier Falls and Moby’s Porcelain for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Jim Ruland writes about Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa for San Diego CityBeat

Michael Magras reviews Joe McGinnis Jr.’s Carousel Court for BookPage.

Michelle Lancaster reviews Yvonne Georgina Puig’s A Wife of Noble Character for Lone Star Literary Life.

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