Critical Notes

Say goodbye to 2019 with these last book reviews

By Carolyn Kellogg

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Clea Simon picked the 10 best YA books of the year, and also wrote about the  YA trend of writing about gender and sexuality, both for the Boston Globe.

Tobias Carroll selected the best music books of the year for Pitchfork and highlighted new works in translation at Words without Borders.

Readers of Laurie Hertzel’s weekly Bookmark column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune weighed in on whether or not it is OK to write in books. Some said never, some said sometimes, and at least one said it is not only encouraged, it is required. Hertzel, who is the NBCC board president, also wrote about Stefano Bloch’s memoir, Going All City.

Sarah Neilson asked LGBTQIA+-identified authors for their recommend queer reads for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

W. Scott Olsen reviewed actor Jeff Bridge’s new photo book, Pictures: Volume Two, for

Pam Munter published her final monthly nonfiction book review, of Bob Iger’s Ride of a Lifetime, for Fourth and Sycamore which is based at a library in Ohio, ending a nearly four year run.


Member Alma H. Bond’s book Meryl Streep: On the Couch was published by Bancroft Press on Dec. 3.

C.M. Mayo interviewed Barbara Crooker about her latest book of poetry, Some Glad Morning, at her Madam Mayo blog.

Meredith Sue Willis updated her newsletter, Books for Readers.