Critical Notes

Monday Roundup: More on Rachel Kushner, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and NBCC BEA panels

By Eric Liebetrau

VIDEO: The VIDA Count and Gender Bias in Book Reviewing.

VIDEO: NBCC on the Ethics of Book Reviewing.

PODCAST: What Is Criticism? NBCC Winner and Finalist at AWP.

In the Daily Beast, NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari interviews Roxana Robinson about her new novel, Sparta. She also reviews Travis Nichols The More You Ignore Me.

Lionel Shriver's latest novel, Big Brother, reviewed by Sarah Courteau. In a review of the same novel, Heller McAlpin writes, “there's plenty to chew on in Big Brother.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie provides “trenchant observations about social distinctions in not just one country, the United States, but Britain and Nigeria as well.” So writes NBCC board member Steven G. Kellman in his review of Americanah.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jay Jennings reviews Julian Guthrie's The Billionaire and the Mechanic.

For the Cleveland Plain Dealer, NBCC board member Karen Long reviews Philipp Meyer's The Son.

NoViolet Bulawayo's We Need New Names, reviewed by Rayyan Al-Shawaf.

Laura Miller assesses Rachel Kushner's Great American Novel.

Former NBCC board member and current Yale University Press editor at large Steve Wasserman reviews Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr.'s Black Against Empire.

“Long on invective, short on argument.” NBCC board member Eric Banks reviews Curtis White's The Science Delusion in the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

Michael Leong reviews No Medium by Craig Dworkin.

Slate's David Haglund's Book Reader: Andrew Hudgins' The Joker and Christian Wiman's My Bright Abyss.



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