Critical Notes

Roundup: Aatish Taseer, Leah Hager Cohen, Yannick Murphy, more

By Mark Athitakis

Parul Sehgal, winner of the 2011 Balakian award, reviews Aatish Taseer’s Noon for the New York Times Book Review and Paul Hendrickson’s biography Hemingway’s Boat for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Laura Collins-Hughes reviews Leah Hager Cohen’s novel The Grief of Others for the Boston Globe.

Michael Lindgren reviews Yannick Murphy’s novel The Call for the Washington Post.

Jim Carmin reviews Peter Smith’s memoir A Cavalcade of Lesser Horrors in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Carolyn Kellogg reviews Chris Colin’s memoir Blindsight for the Los Angeles Times.

Stephen Burt reviews Vincenz Serrano’s poem “Static” for New Poetries.

Starting next month, NBCC board member David Haglund will help run Brow Beat, Slate’s culture blog.

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