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What Are You Recommending, Carolyn Kellogg?


NBCC members and finalists and winners of our book award were eligible to vote in the winter edition of the NBCC’s Good Reads. One of the member voters was critic Carolyn Kellogg—here’s what she had to say about her votes.

In How the Dead Dream, Lydia Millet traces cold capitalist T. as he evolves into a lover of endangered animals. It’s an unlikely transition, but she makes believable with both empathy and witty details. But T. is more than just the man on the page; he also serves as an allegory for American culture. Millet balances heady, heavy ideas with humor, making this book one of my favorites of 2008.