Critical Notes

Roundup: Eula Biss, Pride and Prejudice at 200, and More

By Mark Athitakis

Kyle Minor praises Eula Biss's Notes From No Man's Land, the NBCC 2009 winner in criticism newly released on audiobook, as “the most accomplished book of essays anyone has written or published so far in the 21st century.”

Maureen Corrigan considers Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice on its 200th anniversary at

Jane Ciabattari reviews new short-story collections from Jess Walter, Yoko Ogawa, and Jamie Quatro for the Daily Beast.

Craig Seligman reviews Al Gore's The Future at BloombergBusinessweek.

Our “30 Books” series on this year's finalists for our awards kicked off last Friday with Steven G. Kellman's appreciation of Ben Fountain's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. We'll have more today. We hope you'll consider attending our February 27 finalists reading and February 28 awards ceremony, and purchasing a ticket to the reception immediately after the awards. If you're a working book critic and not a member, please consider joining; you can also support our work by becoming a Friend of the NBCC.

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