Critical Notes

Where do you read? It’s the latest from the members of the NBCC

By Carolyn Kellogg

Where do you read: On the subway? In a park? At a table? At the Washington Post, NBCC board member Mark Athitakis asks, Where do you read? His answer: The mall. 

NBCC board member Marion Winik is pleased to welcome her new book, The Big Book of the Dead (Counterpoint), into the world on September 17. The book is also available as an audiobook read by the author. Also, Winik reviewed Margaret Atwood's The Testaments for Newsday, and interviewed Rachel Monroe about Savage Appetites for the Baltimore Fishbowl.

NBCC board member Mary Ann Gwinn reviewed Condé Nast: The Man and His Empire by Susan Ronald for Newsday.

Heller McAlpin reviewed Jacqueline Woodson's Red At The Bone for NPR Books and Rachel Cusk's Coventry, also for NPR Books.

Jake Cline reviewed Patti Smith's The Year of the Monkey for the Washington Post and wrote about Kathleen Jamie’s Surfacing and Terry Tempest Williams’ Erosion for the Atlantic.

Benjamin Woodard reviewed Wang Anyi's novel Fu Ping for Words Without Borders

Joan Frank reviewed Lara Prescott's novel The Secrets We Kept for the Washington Post.

Dean Rader reviewed Bill Berkson's A Frank O'Hara Notebook for The Rumpus.

Scott McLemee reviewed two books at Inside Higher Ed: Harold Bloom's Macbeth: A Dagger of the Mind and Lydia Pyne's Genuine Fakes: How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff.

Julia M. Klein reviewed Malcolm Gladwell's Talking to Strangers for the Boston Globe and reviewed Goldie Goldbloom's On Division for the Forward.

Tobias Carroll wrote about Mark Haber's fiction at Music & Literature and shares new and notable titles at Words without Borders.

Jeremy Lybarger reviewed We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan, 1961-1991, edited by Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma, for the New Yorker.

Kevin O'Kelly reviewed Caitlin Moscatello's See Jane Win: The Inspiring Story of the Women Changing American Politics for the Christian Science Monitor.

Hamilton Cain reviewed Ann Patchett's The Dutch House for Chapter 16.

Robert Allen Papinchak reviewed Margaret Atwood 's The Testaments for the Washington Independent Review of Books, John Marrs' The Passengers for Mystery Scene Magazine and Alice Hoffman's The World That We Knew for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Also at the Washington Independent Review of Books, Ellen Prentiss Campbell reviewed Ann Patchett's The Dutch House.

Cliff Garstang reviewed Téa Obreht's Inland for the NY Review of Books

Sarah McCraw Crow reviewed Liza Palmer’s novel The Nobodies for BookPage’s September issue.

More NBCC news:

Dean Rader is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry.

Cliff Garstang's novel The Shaman of Turtle Valley was reviewed by Virginia Living.

Jan Alexander's novel Ms. Ming's Guide to Civiliazation was published this month by Regal House Publishing.

Image: Woman Reading at a Table woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai, circa 1800. Credit: Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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