Critical Notes

July, 2019

A Free Hand With History, and Whitehead’s ‘Great American Novel’

by David Varno | Jul-22-2019

A historical novel and a nonfiction narrative each put their own stamp on the past with mixed results, according to NBCC member critics. In a review of Clare...read »

June, 2019

Critical Notes: Aleksandar Hemon, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, and Plenty of Summer Reading

by Mark Athitakis | Jun-24-2019

New member Constance Grady of Vox has been busy, covering Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel City of Girls, Jim DeRogatis’ investigative book on R. Kelly, the...read »

Critical Notes: Member News, Summer Books, and a Word About the Sandrof

by admin | Jun-10-2019

We Still Need Your Help Selecting the Next Sandrof Award Winner Do you want the chance to help pick the next winner of the NBCC’s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime...read »

May, 2019

Critical Notes: Wordplay, Amy Hempel, and Fernando A. Flores

by admin | May-20-2019

NBCC board president Laurie Hertzel reviewed Mary Miller's novel Biloxi for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where she is senior editor for books. (It's about...read »

Critical Notes: David Sedaris, Julie Orringer, and Two Upcoming NBCC Events!

by Mark Athitakis | May-13-2019

A Quick Reminder About Sustainers If you or someone you know wants to support the NBCC’s efforts but isn't a member, we’ve recently launched the Sustainer...read »

Revolution, Ali Smith and Reviews and Conversations From the NBCC

by Carolyn Kellogg | May-06-2019

Why do we delight in fictions created from the French Revolution? Tobias Carroll explores the frisson of fervor or schadenfreude (is there a French word for...read »

April, 2019

Sally Rooney is everywhere and other news from the NBCC

by Laurie Hertzel | Apr-29-2019

Sally Rooney. Photo by Jonny L. Davies. REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS For the Washington Post, Lauren Sarazen reviewed the book that everyone on both sides of...read »

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