Critical Notes

Alexander Chee, Elizabeth Strout, Chris Offutt, and more

By Michele Filgate

NBCC Board member and 2013 Balakian winner Katherine A. Powers reviews Andrea Molesini's Not All Bastards Are from Vienna for The New York Times Book Review, Alexander Chee's The Queen of the Night for Newsday, and Sebastian Faulk's Where My Heart Used to Beat for The Washington Post.

NBCC Board member Mark Rotella reviews Chris Offutt’s My Father, the Pornographer for the Los Angeles Times.

Mike Broida reviews The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel for The New York Times Book Review.

Colette Bancroft reviews Elizabeth Strout’s My Name Is Lucy Barton for the Tampa Bay Times

Natalie Bakopoulos reviews Alexander Chee’s The Queen of the Night for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Jennifer Bort Yacovissi reviews The Cabaret of Plants by Richard Mabey for the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Peter Bergen’s United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists for The Boston Globe, and Ben Rawlence’s City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp for the Chicago Reader.

Jon Wiener interviews Jane Mayer about Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right for The Nation magazine's weekly podcast “Start Making Sense.”

Larry Smith reviews Winterkill by Todd Davis for the New York Journal of Books.