Critical Notes

Roundup: Tom Bissell, Pat Conroy and lots more from NBCC Reads

By Eric Liebetrau

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More from NBCC Reads:

Lizzie Skurnick on Elizabeth Strout.

Colette Bancroft on A. Scott Berg's Max Perkins.

Jason Erik Lundberg's pick: Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn.

Edie Meidav on Gina Berriault's fiction winner, Women in their Beds.

Eric Liebetrau on Maus and Cloud Atlas.

Poetry winner DA Powell on Edmund White's Genet.

Morris Dickstein, multiple NBCC finalist, on John Cheever's Stories.

Roxana Robinson on Shirley Hazzard's Transit of Venus.


The Preservationist barely passes the test.” Maureen Corrigan on Justin Kramon's “superficial, schematic” novel. She also reviews Donna Tartt's universally acclaimed new novel, The Goldfinch.

In the Rumpus, Ryan Teitman reviews Natalie Diaz's When My Brother Was an Aztec.

“Walk It Out: Wild and My Pilgrim's Heart.” Joan Gelfand on the virtues of walking.

LISTEN: Andrew Blauner discusses his latest anthology, Our Boston.

Hope Reese interviews Tom Bissell for the Paris Review and reviews Daniel Alarcon's new novel for the Chicago Tribune.

In the Christian Science Monitor, Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Radical: My Journey Out of Islamist Extremism, by Maajid Nawaz.

Julia M. Klein reviews Pat Conroy's The Death of Santini for the Boston Globe. She also reviews Robert C. Post's Who Owns America's Past? and Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Museum for the Nation. In addition, Klein reviews Yossi Klein Halevi's “Like Dreamers” for the Jewish Daily Forward.

In the Rumpus, NBCC board member David Biespiel delivers his latest Poetry Wire.

NBCC board member Eric Liebetrau reviews Bryan Bender's You Are Not Forgotten for the Boston Globe.

For the Christian Science Monitor, Heller McAlpin reviews David Leavitt's The Two Hotel Francforts.

David Haglund examines Orson Scott Card's politics in the film adaptation of Ender's Game.