Critical Notes

Roundup: Peter Matthiessen, Richard Blanco, Elizabeth Kolbert, Barbara Ehrenreich, and more

By Eric Liebetrau

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“Poetry is in the air.” Jan Gardner delivers the New England Literary News.

Susanne Pari reviews A Sliver of Light by Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd.

Jon Wiener interviews Edmund White for the Nation.

“This Tightly Choreographed Tale Of Ambition And Ballet Will 'Astonish.'” Maureen Corrigan reviews Maggie Shipstead's second novel.

NBCC board member Colette Bancroft reviews Peter Matthiessen's latest novel.

Clea Simon reviews Laura Kasischke's Mind of Winter for the Boston Globe.

Parul Kapur Hinzen interviews inaugural poet Richard Blanco for Guernica.

“'Empathy Exams' Is A Virtuosic Manifesto Of Human Pain.” Heller McAlpin on Leslie Jamison's book of essays.

At the RumpusJoelle Biele reviews Jonterri Gadson's Pepper Girl.

Bill Williams reviews The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.

Susan Shapiro's new book, reviewed by the New York Times.

NBCC board member Carolyn Kellogg reviews Zachary Lazar's new novel, I Pity the Poor Immigrant.

Steve Weinberg, former NBCC board of directors member, reviews Barbara Ehrenreich's memoir Living With a Wild God for the Houston Chronicle.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviewzs The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East, by Caroline Glick.

“Beauty and Subversion in the Secret Poems of Afghan Women.” Daniel Bosch reviews I am the Beggar of the World.