Critical Notes

Roundup: book reviews and plenty more awards for Andrew Solomon, Robert Caro and Ben Fountain

By Eric Liebetrau

2012 NBCC Fiction Award winner Ben Fountain secures another major award, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize. In the Biography category, Robert Caro took home the award for his The Passage of Power, which also won the Biography category at the 2012 NBCC Awards.

Julia M. Klein reviews The Athena Doctrine for USA Today. She also considers Andre Aciman's latest novel, Harvard Square, for the Chicago Tribune.

Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings reviewed in the Christian Science Monitor by Heller McAlpinShe also dives into David Sedaris' latest collection, Let's Discuss Diabetes with Owls.

An original poem by Nicky Beer in The Rumpus, in honor of National Poetry Month.

NBCC board member Anne Trubek takes on Aleksandar Hemon's memoir, The Book of My Lives.

In an interview for the Daily Beast, Wolitzer discusses her new novel with NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari.

Library Journal editor Barbara Hoffert looks at this year's Pulitzer winners.

2012 NBCC winners Andrew Solomon and Robert Caro collect more awards.

For the New York Times, Rachel Shteir reviews 3 books about Chicago.

“Can You Raise a Wife?” Mythili Rao considers in her review of Wendy Moore's How to Create the Perfect Wife.

David Haglund talks books and the publishing industry on his NY1 segment, “The Book Reader.”

“What is a social novel?” NBCC board member David Ulin hashes it out with Rachel Kushner, Marisa Silver, and Jonathan Lethem.