Critical Notes

Roundup: Lorrie Moore, Yiyun Li, Blake Bailey, Andrew Bacevich, Benjamin Black, and more

By Eric Liebetrau

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For USA TodayCarmela Ciuraru reviews Sarah Churchwell's Careless People. She also reviews Lorrie Moore's Bark.

Michael Klein reviews Noelle Kocot's Soul in Space for Los Angeles Review of Books.

“Harrowing Memories, Intersecting Lives In Thirty Girls.” NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari reviews Susan Minot's latest novel. She also talks to Yiyun Li about new novel, Kinder than Solitude, and her take on evil, for the Daily Beast. In her Between the Lines column for, Ciabattari examines how the Internet has changed literature.

Gina Webb reviews Amy Greene's Long Man.

Heather Seggel reviews Blake Bailey's The Splendid Things We Planned.

“Thoughts for AWP Week: Glut in Creative Writing is Reverse Side of Drought in Humanities,” by Anis Shivani.

Michael Lindgren takes a look at the criticism finalists for this year's NBCC awards.

Mannequin Girl is a welcome addition to the coming of age genre that will appeal both to adult readers and to precocious teenagers.” David Cooper reviews Ellen Litman's novel.

Bill Williams reviews Breach of Trust by Andrew Bacevich for America magazine.

Robert Birnbaum explores The Specter of Alexander Wolf by Gaito Gazdanov.

Maureen Corrigan: “Schmuck Revisits The Golden Age Of Radio, And A Bygone Manhattan.”

Karl Wolff reviews Menachem Begin by Daniel Gordis at the New York Journal of Books. He also continues his essay series on erotica, “The Not Safe For Work Files,” with The Ages of Lulu by Almudena Grandes.

“Benjamin Black's Black-Eyed Blonde offers soft-boiled Chandler”: NBCC board member David L. Ulin.

NBCC board member Steven G. Kellman reviews Susan Cheever's e.e. cummings biography.