Critical Notes

Roundup: Margaret Atwood, Kate Christensen, and more Salinger

By Eric Liebetrau

“This low-key memoir is a modest dish.” Heller McAlpin on Kate Christensen's Blue Plate Special.

For the Miami Herald, Kit Reed reviews Margaret Atwood's Maddaddam.

“Long at Helm, U.T. Collector Leaves Legacy With His Exit.” Edward Nawotka examines the Ransom Center's new acquisitions. Nawotka also takes a look at Salinger and his posthumous publications.

For Labor Day, NBCC board member Carolyn Kellogg revisits Studs Terkel's seminal book, Working. Also: “20 points that explain what Amazon announced Tuesday.”

Hope Reese interviews Nicco Mele on his book The End of Big.

Julia M. Klein recommends fall books to the readers of the Jewish Daily Forward.

“Are Novelists Too Wary of Criticizing Other Novelists?” Adam Kirsch and Zoë Heller discuss in the New York Times.

NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari on how publishing is reshaped by the Penguin-Random House merger, what it means for other Big 5 publishers, smaller presses, authors, librarians and readers.

2012 NBCC Poetry Award winner D.A. Powell on sex and metaphysics.

“J.M. Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus is a land without memory.” NBCC board member David L. Ulin on the Nobel laureate's latest novel. Ulin also says we are “missing the point on Jack Kerouac.”

Laura Miller reviews Javier Maria's The Infatuations.

LISTEN: David Haglund and Salon's Audio Book Club explores Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers.

Rod Davis reviews Ken MacLeish's Making War at Fort Hood.

In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gina Webb reviews Mario Alberto Zambrano's novel. 



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