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Reviews and More from NBCC Members

By David Varno

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

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Reviews and More from NBCC Members

By David Varno

With a four-day weekend ahead of us, here’s hoping for some much-needed reading time. If you’re traveling, choose wisely as you pack, and remember that books can be a great

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Reviews and More from NBCC Members

By David Varno

Dear NBCC Friends, We’re trying out a new feature on exciting forthcoming titles. We’re talking three months out or longer, books within pitching distance. Stuff we’ve picked up at events or found on our doorsteps,

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New Reviews and More From NBCC Members

By David Varno

Dear NBCC Friends, Spooky season might be drawing to a close, but publishers haven’t stopped adding to an ever-growing glut of gothic novels and literary horror. So, if that’s your

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Reviews and More From NBCC Members

By David Varno

Dear NBCC Friends, As mentioned last week, submissions for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing are now open. The prize recognizes outstanding work by an NBCC member and awards them

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New Reviews and More from NBCC Members

By David Varno

Dear NBCC Members, This week, the literary world awaits the announcement of the Nobel Prize winner for 2022. Guiding us as usual through the crowded and geographically scattered field of deserving

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Reviews and More from NBCC Members

By David Varno

Dear NBCC Friends, We at the NBCC are remembering the work of Hilary Mantel, who died last week at 70, and whose Wolf Hall won the 2009 NBCC fiction award. Board member Linda Wolfe, in

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New Reviews and More From NBCC Members

By David Varno

Dear NBCC Friends, To help kick off the Brooklyn Book Festival, the NBCC will hold a virtual Bookend event on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7pm-8pm ET with John Leonard Prize winners and nominees Torrey

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Reviews and More from NBCC Members

By David Varno

Dear NBCC Friends, We’ve lost some great ones in the blink of a week. At the NBCC, we’re remembering the work of trailblazing journalist Barbara Ehrenreich, whose Fear of Falling: The

Reviews and More from NBCC Members

By David Varno

Welcome to another week of unrelenting heat, humidity, and maddening literary discourse. Fortunately, we’ve got lots of very smart book reviews to catch up on. (Also recommended: Unplug! Log out!