Critical Notes

Roundup: Louise Gluck, Memoirs, the Book of Genesis, and More

By Mark Athitakis

Meganne Fabrega reviews chef Julia Pandl’s memoir, Memoir of the Sunday Brunch, and author Benjamin Anastas’ memoir, Too Good to Be True, for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Scott McLemee reviews Ronald Hendel’s The Book of Genesis: A Biography for Inside Higher Ed.

Denise Low reviews Hadara Bar-Nadav’s poetry collection The Frame Called Ruin for the Kansas City Star; she also contributed to the Star’s top 100 books of the year.

David Biespiel reviews Louise Gluck’s Poems 1962-2012 for the Oregonian.

Michael Gorra reviews Robert Gottlieb’s Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens, for the Daily Beast

Laura Miller writes about happy endings at Salon; Joan Acocella discusses novels with bad endings at the New Yorker’s Page Turner blog.

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