Critical Notes

Roundup: Sherill Tippins, Olivia Laing, more year-end lists and “Faces to Watch 2014”

By Eric Liebetrau

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Michael Gorra explores “why a book is the most satisfying present you'll find under the tree.”

“Faces to Watch 2014” from NBCC board members Carolyn Kellogg and David L. Ulin and Hector Tobar. Kellogg also reviews Sherill Tippins' The Dream Palace.

Michael Lindgren examines Glenn O'Brien's The Cool School.

In Newsday, Marion Winik reviews Olivia Laing's The Trip to Echo Springs.

Maureen Corrigan shares her favorite books of 2013.

“Best 2013 books about New England,” from Jan Gardner.