Critical Notes

Roundup, pre-Christmas edition: 2013 best-of lists and Ned Vizzini, remembered

By Eric Liebetrau

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NBCC board member Carolyn Kellogg remembers the recently deceased Ned Vizzini.

“Pushing the boundaries: Four books for young adults by award-winning authors.” Ann Klefstad on celebrated Minnesota writers.

Kit Reed reviews Andrea Gillies' The White Lie.

Joelle Biele reviews John Koethe's ROTC Kills for Kenyon Review.

David Cooper reviews The Remains of Love by Zeruya Shalev.

Over at the Daily Beast, Robert Birnbaum looks back at the best coffee table books of the year.

NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari provides her top-10 list for the BBC.

“Robert Zarestsky Reminds Us Why Albert Camus is Still Worth Reading.” A review by NBCC board member Steven G. Kellman.

NBCC board member David L. Ulin looks at Jorge Luis Borges' The Library of Babel. He also reviews Nikki Giovanni's Chasing Utopia.

Julia M. Klein reviews David Laskin's The Family for the Jewish Daily Forward.

In the Boston Globe, Joe Peschel reviews Greg Baxter's The Apartment.

“Year in Review: Why the eyes of the book world were on Texas in 2013.” Michael Merschel reviews the year in books.

NBCC board member Colette Bancroft reviews Ann Patchett's memoir.

Andrea Scrima writes about Lynda Schor's Sexual Harassment Rules for the winter issue of the Brooklyn Rail.