Critical Notes

Reviews and More From NBCC Members

By Halima Elmajdoubi

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For The Washington Post, Meredith Maran reviewed Hannah Halperin’s I Could Love You Forever.

Melissa Holbrook Pierson reviewed John Cotter’s Losing Music for the Wall Street Journal.

For his Murder Ink column in the Durango Telegraph, Jeffrey Manix reviewed Mercedes Rosende’s The Hand That Feeds You, translated from Uruguayan Spanish by Tim Gutteridge.

Tom Beer wrote about Marion Turner’s The Wife of Bath: A Biography, Zadie Smith’s The Wife of Willesden, and the endurance of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for Kirkus Reviews.

For the LA Times, John Domini reviewed Jess Row’s The New Earth.

For Moment Magazine, Erika Dreifus reviewed Tova Reich’s The House of Love and Prayer and Other Stories.

Tahneer Oksman reviewed Briana Loewinsohn’s graphic memoir Ephemera for NPR.

For the Washington Examiner, Diane Scharper reviewed Peter Heather’s Christendom: The Triumph of Religion AD 300 to 1300.

Michael Quinn reviewed Yevgenia Belorusets’ War Diary for The Red Hook Star Tribune.

Anita Felicelli wrote about Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, Alta’s April California Book Club pick.

For the Forward, Julia M. Klein reviewed Benjamin Balint’s Bruno Schulz.

Lanie Tankard reviewed Karen Fastrup’s Hunger Heart for The Woven Tale Press.

For the New York Journal of Books, Fran Hawthorne reviewed The Rooftop Garden.

Melissa Holbrook Pierson reviewed John Cotter’s Losing Music for The Wall Street Journal.

For The Atlantic, Kristen Martin reviewed two books: Christine Kenneally’s Ghosts of the Orphanage and Roxana Asgarian’s We Were Once a Family.

Joan Frank reviewed Daniel Wallace’s This Isn’t Going to End Well for The Washington Post.

For the LA Review of Books, Tara Cheesman reviewed Kwei Quartey’sLast Seen in Lapaz.

Ilana Masad reviewed Ramona Ausubel’s new novel The Last Animal for Alta.

For The Brooklyn Rail, John Domini reviewed Soraya Palmer’s The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts.

Lauren LeBlanc reviewed Christine Grillo’s Hestia Strikes a Match.

For The Washington Post, Tahneer Oksman reviewed Eirnie Carson’s memoir The Dead Are Gods.

Kate Knibbs reviewed two debut novels for Wired: Ling Ling Huang’s Natural Beauty and Allie Rowbottom’s Aesthetica.

For Book Trib, Linda Hitchcock reviewed Lucinda Williams’ Don’t Tell Anybody The Secrets I Told You.

Kristen Martin reviewed Idra Novey’s Take What You Need for The New Republic.

For the Star Tribune, Claude Peck reviewed Susanna Moore’s The Lost Wife.


For Lit Hub, Board member Jane Ciabattari spoke with Charles Frazier about his research in the 1930s West for his latest novel, Trackers.

Amy Reardon talked to Maggie Smith about her new memoir You Could Make This Place Beautiful for BOMB Magazine.

For The Daily Vonnegut, Chuck Augello spoke with Wayne Laufert about his book Behaving Decently: Kurt Vonnegut’s Humanism.

Member News

Daphne Kalotay’s short story collectionThe Archivists, winner of the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, is out April 15th from TriQuarterly Books.