Critical Mass

Roundup: Roz Chast, Francine Prose, Emma Straub, Stacey D’Erasmo and more

By Eric Liebetrau

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Kit Reed reviews Peter Heller's The Painter.

Megan Labrise interviews Roz Chast for the cover of Kirkus Reviews. She also speaks with Geoff Dyer and interviews Kaui Hart Hemmings.

For the San Francisco ChronicleNatalie Bakopoulos reviews Stacey D'Erasmo's Wonderland.

NBCC board member David Biespiel explores how a “poem is a message from the depths of the human story reconfigured and brought back to other human beings.”

Grace Bello interviewed Nona Willis Aronowitz about her book The Essential Ellen Willis for The Toast and went behind the scenes of the making of an audiobook for Publishers Weekly.

“What's up with Jonathan Foer?” from Robert Birnbaum.

Erika Dreifus reviews Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See for the Barnes & Noble Review.

NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari, interviewed by Caroline Leavitt. Ciabattari also names her Top 10 summer reads, which include new fiction by Robin Black, Amy Bloom, Stuart Dybek, Mary Gordon, Lev Grossman, and Tiphanie Yanique.

Maureen Corrigan reviews Francine Prose's Lovers at the Chameleon Club.

“Full Of Warmth And Wisdom, Vacationers Is A Frothy Beach Read.” Heller McAlpin reviews Emma Straub's latest. She also reviews Susanna Kaysen's Cambridge.