Critical Mass

Roundup: Joyce Carol Oates, Barbara Ehrenreich, Elizabeth McCracken and more

By Eric Liebetrau

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NBCC board member Tom Beer reviews Barbara Ehrenreich’s Living with a Wild God.

Jim Ruland reviews Antonia Crane's Spent.

“Poetry of the Revolution: An Interview with Martin Puchner,” by Louis Bourgeois.

Dan Cryer reviews Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See.

“What Should Literary Biography Do?” Robert K. Landers on Joyce Carol Oates and “pathography.”

For Necessary Fiction, Michelle Bailat-Jones reviews A Fairy Tale by Jonas T. Bengtsson and translated by Charlotte Barslund.

Jenny Bhatt reviews Elizabeth McCracken's Thunderstruck. She also interviews the author.

NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari's latest “Between the Lines” column for is a booklovers' guide to Hong Kong, looking at the work of John Le Carre, Paul Theroux, Jane Gardam and Kevin Kwan. Ciabattari also reviews Norman Lock's The Boy In His Winter.

“Three brilliant short-story writers: Elizabeth McCracken, Rivka Galchen and Lydia Davis,” assessed by Michael Lindgren.

PEN Ten interview with NBCC member and new Authors Guild president Roxana Robinson.

M.F.A. Survey 2014: Why I Teach Writing, with NBCC board member Rigoberto González.

Fridays at Enrico's, by Don Carpenter, reviewed by Paul Wilner.

Jon Wiener interviews Sandra Tsing Loh in the Nation about her new book Madwoman in the Volvo.