Roundup: Amazon, Donald Hall, D.A. Powell, and More

by Mark Athitakis | Jun-11-2012

Steve Wasserman considers Amazon’s influence on bookselling and the publishing industry in the Nation.

Heller McAlpin reconsiders Donald Hall’s Life Work, “an inspiring paean to absorbing, fulfilling work,” for the Barnes & Noble Review.

Richard Horan reviews Alan Ehrenhalt’s The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City  for the Christian Science Monitor.

Stephen Burt reviews D.A. Powell’s new poetry collection, Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys for the Boston Review.

Adam Kirsch reviews Joshua Henkin’s novel The World Without You for Tablet.

Jane Ciabattari reviews Alix Ohlin’s novel Inside and story collection Signs and Wonders for the Boston Globe.

Laura Miller reviews Gillian Flynn’s thriller Gone Girl for Salon.

David L. Ulin reviews essay collections by Tom Bissell and Mark Dery for the Los Angeles Times.

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