Critical Notes

Barkskins, Stephen King and Orlando

By Elizabeth Taylor

Annie Proulx's Barkskins attracted significant attention from book reviewers. 

Jeffrey Ann Goudie reviews the novel for the Kansas City Star. 

Board member Colette Bancroft reviews Barkskins for the Tampa Bay Times.  (Bancroft also reviews Stephen King's End of Watch  for the Tampa Bay Times,)

For the Houston Chronicle, Michael Magras reviews Barkskins. (He also reviews Benjamin Rybeck's The Sadness for the Houston Chronicle.)

For the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Jim Carmin reviews Barkskins. And for Oregonlive and The Oregonian, Jim Carmin writes on Pauls Toutonghi and his new book, Dog Gone

And, finally, past NBCC President and current VP/Online Jane Ciabattari leads off her column for LitHub with Barkskins. (She also includes the fiction of Lian Hearn, Max Porter, Yaa Gyasi and Anna Noyes.) 

Robert Fay reviews Hideo Furukawa's novel Horses, Horses, in the End the Light Remains Pure for The Quarterly Conversation

Hélène Cardona reviews Cast Off by Daniel Simon for Poetry International.

Past NBCC Board Member Karen Long reviews The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks for Newsday and Jill Lepore’s Joe Gould’s Teeth for the Los Angeles Times

Michael Leong reviews Christian Bök's The Xenotext: Book 1 for American Scientist.

Joe Peschel reviews Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend in the News & Observer. 

For Harrisburg Magazine, Harvey Freedenberg reviews Jennifer Haigh’s Heat and Light and also Lucia Berlin’s Manual for Cleaning Women.

For The Washington Independent Review of Books, Joseph A. Esposito reviews 67 Shots by Howard Means and also Five Presidents by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin.  

Julia M. Klein reviews Judith Freeman's The Latter Days for the Chicago Tribune and reviews Susan Faludi's In the Darkroom for the Boston Globe. For the Forward, Julia M. Klein reviews In Those Nightmarish Days: The Ghetto Reportage of Peretz Opoczynski and Josef Zelkowicz edited and with an introduction by Samuel D. Kassow; translated and co-edited by David Suchoff. 

Michael Lindgren writes about Michael Shelden’s Melville in Love and David O. Dowling’s Surviving the Essex for the Washington Post.  

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine, by Ben Ehrenreich for the Los Angeles Times and Their Promised Land, My Grandparents in Love and War, by Ian Buruma for Truthdig

In Dallas Morning News, Robert Hoover reviews Grunt by Mary Roach.

Past Board member Eric Liebetrau reviews Sebastian Junger’s Tribe for the Boston Globe and also reviews James McBride’s Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul for Columbia Magazine.

Poets & Writers interviews LA Times Book Editor and past Board NBCC Board member Carolyn Kellogg. Asked what she is eager to read, she said,  “My prior regular reviewing responsibilities and my recently concluded tenure on the board of the National Book Critics Circle used to dominate my reading. I have Jean Stein’s West of Eden in my to-read pile and I’ll probably blend stuff I’ve missed—Anna Karenina!— with new books, like Idra Novey’s Ways to Disappear.”

Finally, in a closing note, as mourning and outrage follow tragedy in Orlando, past NBCC Board member Rigoberto Gonzales writes a moving essay in Buzzfeed titled “I Found A Home In Clubs Like Pulse In Cities Like Orlando.” 


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