Critical Notes

Peter Cozzens, Martin Cruz Smith, Annie DeWitt and more

By Bethanne Patrick

Greetings to all on a week that's beginning tensely for our nation's politics; check out a few of the assembled reviews to remember that many thinking people make up our great country: Authors, writers, critics, reviewers, readers, more. 

Dan Cryer reviews The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars of the American West by Peter Cozzens in The San Francisco Chronicle.

For The San Francisco Gate, Gerald Bartell reviews Martin Cruz Smith's The Girl From Venice, saying it is “tale of the losses and gains of war with tender moments, affecting characters and sage observations.”

Annie DeWitt's debut novel, White Nights in Split Town City, illuminates “an entire sick society” in 1990s Massachusetts says John Domini in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

At NPR Books, Bethanne Patrick writes Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce “is a suspense novel with a female protagonist that gets more right about women than so many others I've read in the past few years.”

Game Changers: The Unsung Heroes in Sports History by Molly Schiot “is an eye-opening introduction to female sports achievements that too often are forgotten too quickly or barely recognized” according to Grace Lichtenstein at The New York Journal of Books.

Anjali Enjeti reviewed Hidden Figures:  The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Jane Ciabattari's Lit Hub column includes an NBCC shoutout this week!

Julia M. Klein reviewed Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 3 by Blanche Wiesen Cook for The Chicago Tribune, writing that Mrs. Roosevelt emerges as “a surprisingly contemporary figure” and “One of the through lines of the book is about refugees.”

Over at the Times Literary Supplement, Cynthia Haven discusses Robert Conquest, the historian who exposed Stalin's atrocities to the West – but in his role as a poet of note who wrote verse that is lyrical, sensual, and exactingly observed.

Michael Magras says of Everything I Found on the Beach by Cynan Jones that the novel is “subtle and introspective” in The Kenyon Review.

Judy Krueger reviews Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood at Litbreak.

Peter Orner's Am I Alone Here? is reviewed by Paul Wilner for The San Francisco Chronicle.

Also for The San Francisco Chronicle, Anita Felicelli reviews The Trespasser by Tana French, writing that the novel “shouldn't be missed.”

The War of the Worlds: From H. G. Wells to Orson Welles to Jeff Wayne, Steven Spielberg and Beyond by Peter J. Beck makes it into The University Bookman, reviewed by Carl Rollyson.

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