Critical Notes

Reviews and More from NBCC Members

By David Varno

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Dear NBCC Friends,

Welcome to year-end list season. As institutions ranging from the NYPL to the New York Times weigh in with extensive catalogs of notable titles, former NBCC president Tom Beer offers us a merciful and well-chosen six of his favorite books of 2022 for Kirkus Reviews

Also, a reminder that now is the time to join the NBCC if you want to participate in the John Leonard Prize judging, run for the board, or submit your reviews for the Balakian Prize. 


Dan Cryer reviewed G-Man by Beverly Gage for the Boston Globe.

Rebecca Morgan Frank reviewed Alycia Pirmohamed’s Another Way to Split Water and Franny Choi’s The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On for the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Books.

Natalia Holtzman reviewed Bob Dylan’s The Philosophy of Modern Song for LitHub.

Costa Pappas reviewed the memoir Scenes from the Underground by Gabriel Cholette for IntoMore

Julia M. Klein reviewed Richard Rabinowitz’s Objects of Love and Regret for the Forward.

Rhoda Feng reviewed The Fight for Privacy: Protecting Dignity, Identity, and Love in the Digital Age by Danielle Citron for the Washington Monthly and Saha by Cho Nam-Joo for the Mekong Review.

Board member Jacob M. Appel reviewed Birth of Eros by Debra Di Blasi for Exacting Clam.

Celia McGee reviewed Cormac McCarthy’s The Passenger and Stella Maris for Avenue.

Oline H. Cogdill reviewed Blackwater Falls by Ausma Zehanat Khan and Jackal by Erin E. Adams for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Also for the Sun Sentinel, Cogdill reviewed Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz.

Edward Guiliano wrote about George Eliot’s Middlemarch on the occasion of the novel’s 150th anniversary for Dickens Studies Annual: Essays on Victorian Fiction.


Joyce Saenz Harris interviewed Jenny Bhatt for the Dallas Morning News.

VP/Events Jane Ciabattari spoke with debut novelist Katy Hays (The Cloisters) for LitHub.

Board member Colette Bancroft interviewed Dennis Lehane, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Peniel Joseph and other authors on stage at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. Bancroft also published this interview with Michael Connelly for the Tampa Bay Times.

Paul Wilner interviewed George Saunders about his new story
collection, Liberation Day, for the Nob Hill Gazette.

Rhoda Feng talked with Nancy Fraser about her new book for the Nation.

Anne Charles interviewed with author, editor and writer Amy Hoffman on the Vermont cable access show All Things LGBTQ.

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