Critical Notes: Russia! Russia! Russia! and more

by Laurie Hertzel | Mar-06-2017

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, from

Board member and vice president/online Jane Ciabattari writes about 10 books to read in March for her global books column for

Board member Laurie Hertzel wrote about two Russian memoirs, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's "The Girl from the Metropol Hotel" and "Bears in the Streets" by Lisa Dickey for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where she is senior editor for books.

Kai Maristed reviewed "The Moravian Night" by Peter Handke for Artsfuse.

For Kenyon Review Online, Benjamin Woodard reviewed "Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine," by Diane Williams. 

Ilana Masad reviewed Lindsey Drager's "The Lost Daughter's Collective" for The Rumpus, and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan's "Harmless Like You" for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Kathleen Rooney reviewed Lauren Elkin's "Flaneuse" and Jessa Crispin's "Why I Am Not a Feminist," both for the Chicago Tribune.

Ilya Kaminsky reviewed Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's "The Girl from the Metropol Hotel," for the NYTimes.

Gerald Bartell reviewed Noah Isenberg's "We'll Always have Casablanca" for the Washington Post.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviewed Paul Auster's novel "4 3 2 1" for Truthdig.

Michael Magras reviewed "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders for the "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette."

David Cooper reviewed "Waking Lions" by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen appears in the New York Journal of Books.

Your reviews seed this roundup. Please send items, ncluding news about your new publications and recent honors, to Make sure to send links that do not require a subscription or username and password. Please include your name, the publication, a description of your article, and a URL. We love URLs. We do not love hyperlinks.

Senior editor for books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and a board member of the NBCC.

About the Critical Mass Blog

Commentary on literary criticism, publishing, writing, and all things NBCC related. It's written by independent members of the NBCC Board of Directors (see list of bloggers below).


Categories & Archives

Join the NBCC/Renew
Emerging Critics Make a tax deductible donation to the NBCC

NBCC Awards

Finalists for 2018

See all award winners

Find out how to submit

Read how we select

Frequently Asked Questions

Videos and Podcasts

NBCC 2018 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2017 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2017 Finalists Reading

All videos and podcasts.