Critical Notes

Best overlooked books of the year, Christopher Buckley, Marlon James

By Michele Filgate

Some of the NBCC Board members chose their favorite overlooked book of the year for Literary Hub.

NBCC Board member and 2013 Balakian winner Katherine A. Powers chooses ten books she truly enjoyed in 2015.

NBCC Board member Michele Filgate put together a reader’s gift guide for Men’s Journal. She also talked about her favorite overlooked books of the year on NHPR’s Word of Mouth. Isaac Fitzgerald of Buzzfeed Books joined her for the segment.

Julia M. Klein reviews Lisa McGirr’s The War on Alcohol for the Boston Globe. She also wrote an essay on third-generation Holocaust memoirs for the Forward.

Erika Dreifus attended a 90th-anniversary celebration for Anzia Yezierska's classic Bread Givers, and reported back for Tablet.

Michael Magras reviews Christopher Buckley’s The Relic Master for Bookreporter. Joe Peschel reviews the same book for the Boston Globe.

Katie Rogin reviews Amy Koppelman's Hesitation Wounds for The Rumpus.

Lori Feathers reviews Monika Held’s This Place Holds No Fear for Three Percent.

John Domini writes about later works by John Barth for The Quarterly Conversation.

George De Stefano interviews Marlon James for Gay City News.

Lisa Russ Spaar looks at two books by the poet Carl Phillips for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Nile Green’s The Love of Strangers: What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen’s London for the Star Tribune.

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