Critical Notes

Jhumpa Lahiri, Christopher Sorrentino and the journey of Alexander Chee

By Elizabeth Taylor

For her Lit Hub column, past NBCC President and current VP/Online Jane Ciabattari spotlights winter reading.

For her BBC Culture column “10 February Books to Read,” Jane features Alexander Chee's The Queen of the Night and Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Other Words.

Michael Magras wrote a review of Lahiri's book for the Minneapolis Star Tribune,

Jim Ruland reviews Christopher Sorrentino's The Fugitives for the Los Angeles Times.  

Susan Balée's review essay on eight recent memoirs appears in the Hudson Review. She includes the books by current NBCC Finalists Elizabeth Alexander, Ta-Nehisi Coates  and Maggie Nelson. 

Diane Scharper reviews Augustine, Conversions to Confessions by Robin Lane Fox for the National Catholic Reporter.

Former NBCC board member Dan Cryer reviews Roger Rosenblatt’s Thomas Murphy for Newsday.

Linda White reviews Rebecca Rego Barry’s Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places for Library Journal.

Art Taylor reviews Supernotes by Agent Kasper abd Luigi Carletti, translated from the Italian by John Cullen for the Washington Post. His first book, On the Road with Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories, was recently named a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. 

For Slate, Marian Ryan interviews Alexander Chee about the fifteen years of writing The Queen of the Night.

Susan Kelly-DeWitt reviews Travelers With No Ticket Home by Mary Mackey for Poetry Now. 

Judy Krueger reviews The Happy Marriage by Tahar Ben Jelloun for Litbreak.  

John Domini writes about the creative work of Frank Lentricchia for the Brooklyn Rail. 

For the Forward, Julia M. Klein reviews  Primo Levi’s Resistance: Rebels and Collaborators in Occupied Italy by Sergio Luzzatto; translated by Frederika Randall

 Elaine Tankard reviews Jonathan Franzen's novel Purity for Draft No. 4.

Mike Lindgren reviews Chris Offutt’s My Father, the Pornographer for The Washington Post.

Julie Hakim Azzam interviews Caldecott Award winning author and illustrator Kevin Henkes for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century by Daniel Oppenheimer for the Barnes and Noble Review.

Past Balakian winner and current Board member Katherine Powers reviews Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks for the Washington Post.

Dominic Green considers the work of Roberto Calasso in an essay for The New Criterion  He also reviews Nile Green’s Terrains of Exchange: Religious Economies of Global Islam for History Today and reviews Lee Siegel’s Groucho Marx: The Comedy of Existence for The Literary Review.

Fred Volkmer reviews The Spectacle of Skill by Robert Hughes for the Southampton Press and

David Nilsen reviews Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems by Robin Coste Lewis for Fourth and Sycamore. 

In News: BOMB just ran an interview with NBCC Finalist Margo Jefferson on the genesis of Negroland, and talks about James Baldwin, and another NBCC Finalist, Vivian Gornick.  

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