Critical Notes

Reviews and More From NBCC Members

By Michael Schaub

The 2024 National Book Critics Circle Awards, New School Auditorium, New York, New York, March 21, 2024. Photograph by Beowulf Sheehan

Members and friends, we hope you’re all doing well! Our reviewers have been keeping busy the past week with reviews of books by authors including Percival Everett, Lydia Millet, Leslie Jamison, Joan Acocella, and Amor Towles, and interviews with writers like Allison Pataki, Porochista Khakpour, and Tomas Moniz. We hope you’re enjoying your spring, and thanks for reading!

Member Reviews/Essays

Tahneer Oksman reviewed Jordan Mechner’s Replay for NPR.

Sarah McCraw Crow reviewed Percival Everett’s James and Leslie Jamison’s Splintersfor BookPage.

Former NBCC President Tom Beer introduced a special International Issue of Kirkus Reviews, featuring South Korean author Bora Chung and her story collection Your Utopia, along with other titles.

Cory Oldweiler reviewed Lydia Millet’s We Loved It Allfor the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Shani R. Friedman reviewed Naama Shefi and The Jewish Food Society’s The Jewish Holiday Tablefor TC Jewfolk.

JoeAnn Hart reviewed Renata Golden’s Mountain Time, A Field Guide to Astonishment for EcoLit Books.

Tiffany Troy wrote “There are Nights that Feel Like Watching the Water Rise: Jenny Irish’s Hatch,” for the 1508 blog of the University of Arizona Poetry Center.

Patricia Schultheis reviewed The Bloodied Nightgown by Joan Acocella for the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Hamilton Cain reviewed Amor Towles’s Table for Two for The New York Times Book Review and Garrard Conley’s All the World Beside for The Washington Post.

Julia M. Klein reviewed Jane Kamensky’s Candida Royalle & the Sexual Revolution for The Boston Globe.

Jake Casella Brookins reviewed Daniel Shank Cruz’s Ethics for Apocalyptic Times for the Ancillary Review of Books, and Natasha Pulley’s The Mars House for the Chicago Review of Books.

Hannah Joyner reviewed The Letters of Emily Dickinson, edited by Christanne Miller & Domhnall Mitchell, for Open Letters Review.

Lanie Tankard reviewed American Precariat: Parables of Exclusion, edited by Zeke Caligiuri et al. (with foreword by Eula Biss), for The Woven Tale Press.

Linda Hitchcock reviewed Teresa Dovalpage’s Last Seen in Havana for BookTrib.

Member Interviews

Stephanie Gorton interviewed Jesse Olszynko-Gryn about his book A Woman’s Right to Know: Pregnancy Testing in 20th-Century Britain for Nursing Clio.

Martha Anne Toll interviewed Judith Lindbergh about Akmaral for the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Betsy Groban interviewed Allison Pataki about her latest historical novel, Finding Margaret Fuller, for The Boston Globe.

Grant Faulkner interviewed Tomas Moniz about his book, All Friends Are Necessary, and the subject of friendship in novels on the Write-minded podcast.

Elaine Szewczyk profiled Porochista Khakpour for Publishers Weekly.

Member News

Iris Jamahl Dunkle’s biography on the author Sanora Babb, Riding Like the Wind, is now available for pre-order.