Critical Notes: Reviews of Elizabeth Strout, Ian Buruma, Diana Athill, and more

by Carmela Ciuraru | Jan-18-2016

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Elizabeth Rosner reviews Elizabeth McKenzie's novel The Portable Veblen in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa for the Miami Herald.

Julia M. Klein reviews Wil Haygood's "Showdown" for the Boston Globe and David Greenberg's Republic of Spin for Columbia Journalism Review.

Michael Magras reviews Ian Buruma's Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Linda Simon reviews Janice Y. K. Lee for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

NBCC Board Member Carmela Ciuraru reviews Diana Athill for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Joan Silverman reviews My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout for the Portland Press Herald.

Fred Volkmer reviews Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir by Truman Capote With the Lost Photographs of David Attie.

Megan Labrise interviews American Housewife author Helen Ellis and debut novelist Sunil Yapa for Kirkus.




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