Critical Notes

Dozens of new reviews and more from the NBCC

By Carolyn Kellogg

A bookstore in Argentina. Photo by Michael Bamford via Flickr.

Richard Santos, whose term on the board begins next month, wrote about the American Dirt controversy for Texas Monthly.

Barbara J. King reviewed Lydia Denworth’s Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond  at the Washington Post.

Jim Ruland reviewed Little Constructions by Anna Burns for the Los Angeles Times.

Hamilton Cain reviewed the forthcoming novel Apeirogon by Colum McCann in the March issue of O, the Oprah Magazine.

Susan Coll reviewed The Women in Black by Madeleine St. John for the NY Times Book Review.

Andrew Ervin reviewed four books about WWII espionage for the NY Times Book Review and interviewed Amber Sparks about her new book And I Do Not Forgive You for Untoward.

Sarah Neilson reviewed Jake Skeets’s Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers for the Believer; she also interviewed Jenn Shapland about My Autobiography of Carson McCullers for Bookforum and Lidia Yuknavitch about Verge for Cascadia Magazine.

Tobias Carroll wrote about Michael Zapata’s The Lost Book of Adana Moreau at and reviewed Garth Greenwell’s Cleanness for Ron Slate’s On the Seawall.

NBCC Board member Victoria Chang reviewed Rick Barot’s book of poems, The Galleons, for On the Seawall.

Tara Cheesman reviewed Lux by Elizabeth Cook for On the Seawall and Seven Samurai Swept Away In A River by Jung Young Moon for Barrelhouse Magazine

Jocelyn McClurg talked to Sophie Hannah about Perfect Little Children for Kirkus.

For the Associated Press, Oline Cogdill reviewed The Burn by Kathleen Kent, Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough and The Only Child by Mi-ae Seo.

Yvonne C. Garrett reviewed Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime By Women Writers, edited by Joyce Carol Oates, for the Brooklyn Rail.

Christine Brunkhorst reviewed Arthur Phillips’ novel The King at the Edge of the World for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Heller McAlpin reviewed Arthur Phillips’ The King at the Edge of the World for the Wall St. Journal and Jenny Offill’s Weather for NPR.

NBCC Emerging Critic Emma Hager reviewed Jenny Offill’s Weather for The Baffler.

Board member Carolyn Kellogg talked to Jenny Offill about Weather for Shondaland.

Nathan Webster talked to Sam Wasson about The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood for the Daily Beast.

Gerald Bartell reviewed Phantom Lady: Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock by Christina Lane for Newsday.

Elizabeth Lund wrote about love poetry for the Christian Science Monitor.

Michael J. McCann reviewed Into The Fire by Gregg Hurwitz for the New York Journal of Books.

Judith Reveal reviewed Inside the Critics’ Circle by Phillipa K. Chong for the New York Journal of Books.

Lanie Tankard reviewed Birder on Berry Lane by Robert Tougias for The Woven Tale Press.

Debby Bacharach reviewed Sandra Yannone’s poetry collection Boats for Woman for New Letters.


Member Joan Frank has two books coming out this month: Try to Get Lost: Essays on Travel and Place from Univ. of New Mexico Press and Where You’re All Going, a quartet of novellas, from Sarabande.

NBCC member Katherine Hill’s book with Sarah Chihaya, Merve Emre, and Jill Richards, The Ferrante Letters: An Experiment in Collective Criticism, was reviewed by Katy Waldman for The New Yorker and Jennifer Wilson for The New Republic. An excerpt of Katherine’s portion of The Ferrante Letters appeared in The Paris Review under the title “The Elena Ferrante in My Head.”

W. Scott Olsen interviewed Manolis Moresopoulos, Director of the Athens Photo Festival, for