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Critical Notes: Best of 2018, Milkman &amp; Forrest Gander

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Reviews & Interviews

Best of the Year picks continue. Here's VP/Online Jane Ciabattari's top 10 books of 2018 for BBC Culture. Chris Barsanti contributed several pieces to PopMatters' best books of 2018 and reviewed W. Scott Poole's Wasteline in Rain Taxi Review of Books. And for Lit Hub's Book Marks, here's Chicago Review of Books editor in chief Adam Morgan's 10 favorite reviews. (He includes reviews by NBCC Balakian winners Parul Sehgal and Charles Finch, as well as current board member Michael Schaub.)

Past Balakian Citation winner and current Board member, Katherine A.Powers reviews Anna Burns's Man-Booker Prize winning Milkman for Barnes & Noble Review. Jim Ruland reviewed Milkman for San Diego CityBeat.

NBCC board member Tess Taylor reviewed Forrest Gander's Be With for the New York Times Book Review.

NBCC Emerging Critic Natalia Holtzman reviewed a new English translation of the Yugoslav writer Ivo Andrić's novel Omer Pasha Latas for The Quarterly Conversation.

Former NBCC board member Dan Cryer reviewed John McPhee’s The Patch in The Boston Globe.

Anita Fellicelli reviewed Kiese Laymon's Heavy in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Jeffrey Ann Goudie reviewed Lucia Berlin's Evening in Paradise in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Joan Silverman reviewed Howard Mansfield's The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down for the Portland Press Herald.

Jennifer Carson reviewed Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang’s Accessory to War for the New York Times Book Review. 

Katharine Coldiron reviewed The Cloven, the final book in B. Catling's Vorrh trilogy, for Locus and Adam Nemett's We Can Save Us All  for Barrelhouse. 

Alexander Kafka reviewed Joyce Carol Oates's novel Hazards of Time Travel for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Diane Scharper reviewed Sharing the Wisdom of Time for the National Catholic Reporter.

Pam Munter reviewed  Rebecca Solnit's Call Them by Their True Names at Fourth & Sycamore.

Karl Wolff reviewed Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History, by Michael Witwer et al. and Harryhausen: The Movie Posters,  by Richard Holliss, both at the New York Journal of Books.

Robert Allen Papinchak reviewed An Elderly Lady Is Up To No Good by Helene Tursten for the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Kathleen Rooney reviewed  J. Michael Martinez's Museum of the Americas for the New York Times.

David S. Reynolds  reviewed Sean Wilentz's No Property in Man and Andrew Delbanco's The War Before the War in the  Wall Street Journal.

Claude Peck reviewed Breaking News by Alan Rusbridger for the Star Tribune.

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