Critical Notes

Critical Notes, Brief Holiday Edition: Michael Cunningham, Hunter S. Thompson’s son, & (a few) more

By Eric Liebetrau

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Joe Peschel reviews Michael Cunningham's “Wild Swan and Other Tales.”

“The Best Photography Books of 2015,” from Robert Birnbaum and the Daily Beast. Birnbaum also offers his picks for the best coffee table books of the year.

Michael Lindgren reviews the memoir from Juan Thompson, son of Hunter S.

NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari's 10 best books of 2015 for her Between the Lines column includes fiction from NBCC fiction awardee Jane Smiley, John Leonard award winner Anthony Marra, fiction finalist Adam Johnson and nonfiction finalist Patti Smith. Ciabattari's Lit Hub column includes multiple NBCC award winner in criticism Cynthia Ozick. Looking ahead, Ciabattari provides a 2016 lit forecast.