Critical Notes

Reviews and More From NBCC Members

By Michael Schaub

We hope you’re having a great summer! Despite the temperatures, our members have been hard at work reviewing books by authors including Tessa Hadley, Andrew Ridker, Colson Whitehead, and Ann Beattie, and interviewing writers like Martin Cruz Smith, Ruth Madievsky, Patrick deWitt, and Djuna. Please remember to stay safe, cool, and hydrated this summer, and as always, thanks for reading!

Member Reviews/Essays

Yvonne C. Garrett reviewed Tessa Hadley’s After the Funeral and Dr. Shahd Alshammari’s Head Above Water: Reflections on Illness for The Brooklyn Rail.

NBCC board member Lauren LeBlanc reviewed Amy Rowland’s Inside the Wolffor The New York Times Book Review and Tessa Hadley’s After the Funeralfor The Boston Globe.

Lisa Guidarini reviewed Alexander Stille’s The Sullivanians: Sex, Psychotherapy, and the Wild Life of an American Communefor the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Julia M. Klein reviewed Andrew Ridker’s Hope for The Boston Globe.

Meredith Maran reviewed Caitlin Shetterly’s Pete and Alice in Mainefor the Los Angeles Times.

Alexander Pyles reviewed My Men, written by Victoria Kielland and translated by Damion Searls, for On the Seawall.

Hamilton Cain reviewed Ann Beattie’s Onlookers for The Boston Globe, Tessa Hadley’s After the Funeral for The Washington Post, Colson Whitehead’s Crook Manifesto for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Jackson Lears’ Animal Spirits for On The Seawall

John Domini reviewed Say Anarcha by J.C. Hallman for The Brooklyn Rail and Kairos, written by Jenny Erpenbeck and translated by Michael Hofmann, for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Nichole LeFebvre reviewed Anne Berest’s The Postcard, translated by Tina Kover, for On the Seawall.  

Clea Simon reviewed Karen Pinchin’s Kings of Their Own Ocean for The Boston Globe.

Charles Green reviewed Eric Westergard’s Soul Scepter: Time Marauders for Blueink Review.

For Hopscotch, Matthew Jakubowski reviewed Lucy Jones’ translation of Siblings, the first novel translated into English by East German writer Brigitte Reimann, who died 50 years ago this year.

​​Nell Beram reviewed three books for Shelf Awareness: Hope by Andrew Ridker, The Murder Wheel by Tom Mead, and Parachute Women: Marianne Faithfull, Marsha Hunt, Bianca Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, and the Women Behind the Rolling Stones by Elizabeth Winder.

Jason Berry reviewed Michael Mewshaw’s My Man in Antibes: Getting to Know Graham Greenefor Commonweal.

Grace Lichtenstein reviewed Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus for

Linda Hitchcock reviewed Bonnie Kistler’s Her, Toofor BookTrib.

Michael Malone reviewed Colson Whitehead’s Crook Manifestofor The East Hampton Star.

Brian Tanguay reviewed Poverty, By America by Matthew Desmond for the California Review of Books.

Member Interviews

Shani Friedman interviewed lawyer turned children’s performer and debut novelist Robert Markowitz for TC Jewfolk.

Carole Burns interviewed Mary Kay Zuravleff for The Washington Post.

Julia M. Klein interviewed Martin Cruz Smith about his novel Independence Square for The Pennsylvania Gazette.

NBCC Vice President/Events Jane Ciabattari interviewed poet Ruth Madievsky about her neon-lit first novel, All-Night Pharmacy, for Literary Hub.

Ryan Asmussen interviewed Patrick deWitt for the Chicago Review of Books.

Kate Knibbs interviewed the pseudonymous Korean sci-fi writer Djuna in advance of the English-language translation of their book Counterweight for Wired.

Chris Barsanti interviewed Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith about his new book Three Rocks: The Story of Ernie Bushmiller: The Man Who Created Nancy for Publishers Weekly.

Partner News

Our friends at Publishers Weekly are looking for new book critics to cover various fiction and nonfiction categories, based on your preferences and areas of expertise. For more information, please see this listing for freelance book reviewers. 

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