Critical Notes

Roundup: Ann Patchett, Amy Tan, Andre Dubus III and more NBCC Reads

By Eric Liebetrau

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More NBCC Reads: What's Your Favorite NBCC Finalist of All time?, all linked here.

Hope Reese reviews Ann Patchett's This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

For Library Journal, Julia Reffner reviews upcoming trends in Christian fiction for 2014.

Mary Ann Gwinn interviews Nicola Griffith, author of the new novel, Hild.

Matthew Jakubowski writes an experimental review of an experimental translation.

“Richard Pryor Set the Comedy World on Fire With N-Word.” Craig Seligman reviews David and Joe Henry's Furious Cool.

Julia M. Klein reviews two new Oppenheimer biographies for the Chicago Tribune.

Francine Prose and Daniel Mendelsohn ask, “How Do We Judge Books Written Under Pseudonyms?”

Joanna Scutts reviews Jill Lepore's Book of Ages, a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction, for the Washington Post. On November 6, she was interviewed on Pacifica Radio's Bibliocracy program, KPFK 90.7FM, about her recent Nation article on 1930s self-help literature and fascism in the United States.

Maureen Corrigan explains what you can learn about writing from Ann Patchett's new essay collection, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

Harvey Freedenberg reviews Anthony Maara's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.

NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari reviews Amy Tan's new novel.

Jeff Turrentine reviews Andre Dubus III's latest novel, Dirty Love.