Critical Notes

Meaty Monday Roundup: Roxana Robinson calls James Salter’s latest work sexist; and much more

By Eric Liebetrau

School Library Journal associate book reviews editor Chelsey Philpot reviews three young adult novels the Boston Globe. She also compiles a recommended list of YA summer reading.

NBCC board member Elizabeth Taylor makes Roxana Robinson's Sparta an Editor's Choice in the Chicago Tribune. In Slate, Robinson claims that James Salter's latest work deals with “racist and sexist fantasies.”

Steve Weinberg, former NBCC board member and creator of the NBCC freelancer's guide, has signed a contract with St. Martin's Press to write a biography of Garry Trudeau, creator of the Doonesbury cartoon strip, who has been commenting on/influencing public policy since the early 1970s. Trudeau is famously private, despite being married to another celebrity (Jane Pauley).

Meganne Fabrega rounds up top graphic novels picks in “Every Picture tells a Story: Illustrated Reads” for the Reader's Shelf column in the June 15th issue of Library Journal.

In the San Francisco ChronicleNatalie Bakopoulos reviews Elliott Holt's You Are One of Them.

Paul Wilner on Kelly Daniels' memoir, Cloudbreak, California, in ZYZZYVA.

Gina Webb reviews Philipp Meyer's The Son, as well as Bill Cheng's Southern Cross the Dog. Both reviews appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

PREVIEW: Former NBCC president and board member and Library Journal Prepub Editor Barbara Hoffert interviews Mitch Albom.

“Spiky Lionel Shriver Shoves U.S. Fat Problem in Our Face”: Craig Seligman reviews Big Brother for Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

2012 NBCC Fiction Award winner Ben Fountain contributes a “How to Be a Man” story to Esquire.

More kerfuffle over Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers.

In the London Review of Books, 2012 NBCC Criticism Award winner Marina Warner discusses Emily Davison.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf looks at The World Through Arab Eyes, by Shibley Telhami.

Balakian winner Kathryn Schulz calls J.M. Ledgard's Submergence “some of the best science writing I've seen in a novel. Marine bio fans take note” [from Twitter].

Ron Charles wonders why zombies won't just die.

NBCC nonfiction finalist Thomas Powers on Sarah Churchwell's Careless People, on the writing of The Great Gatsby, in London Review of Books.

NPR news poet Tess Taylor's poetry roundup.

Michael Dirda calls Elizabeth Harrower's The Watch Tower a “mesmerizing novel.”

VIDEO: 2012 NBCC General Nonfiction Award winner Andrew Solomon discusses Far from the Tree on The Colbert Report.

In Joanna Hershon’s absorbing new novel, a Jew on the margins of American respectability reaches the pinnacle of the class pyramid.” Adam Kirsch reviews A Dual Inheritance.

“Throwing the book at Thieves of Book Row.” NBCC board member Carolyn Kellogg on Travis McDade's account of the stealing and dealing of rare books.

In the New York Times Sunday Book Review, Donna Rifkind reviews Anchee Min's memoir, The Cooked Seed.

Meehan Crist reviews Jon Mooallem's Wild Ones.

“Bidart’s new book returns to the rough, terse and sometimes shocking phrasings that won him attention decades ago.” Stephen Burt reviews Frank Bidart's new collection of poems, Metaphysical Dog.

Chuck Leddy examines Ethan Zuckerman and his new book, Rewire.