Critical Notes

Roundup: Fall Books, Sheila Heti, Harvey Pekar, and More

By Mark Athitakis

Planning your fall reading and reviewing? The Millions has a comprehensive list of books coming out in the second half of 2012 and early in 2013.

David Haglund reviews Sheila Heti’s novel How Should a Person Be? For the New York Times.

Jacob Silverman reviews Harvey Pekar’s Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me for Jewcy.

Maureen Corrigan reviews Karen Thompson Walker’s novel The Age of Miracles for

Ruth Franklin reviews a pair of autobiographical novels by Wilhelm Dichter for the Wall Street Journal.

Barbara Hoffert returns from ALA with seven recommended genre novels at Library Journal.

Heller McAlpin reviews Chris Cleave’s novel Gold for

Craig Seligman reviews Linda Hirshman’s Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution for BloombergBusinessWeek.

Paul Wilner reviews Christian Kiefer’s novel The Infinite Tides for the San Francisco Chronicle, and William Hjortsberg’s biography of Richard Brautigan, Jubilee Hitchhiker, for Zyzzyva.

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