Critical Notes

Roundup: Jennifer Weiner, Tom Robbins, Ruth Reichl, and more books about futbol

By Eric Liebetrau

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Julia M. Klein reviews Max Egremont's Some Desperate Glory for the Chicago Tribune.

“In My Solitude: Esoterica & Fragments,” from Robert Birnbaum. For the Daily Beast, Birnbaum provides “The Literature of Futbol: 11 Great Books About Soccer.” Birnbaum also takes a look at J.D. Salinger.

Helen W. Mallon considers Jennifer Weiner’s relevance to the ongoing issue of women’s representation in book review outlets.

Susannah Nesmith reviews Michael Blanding's The Map Thief.

In the Los Angeles Review of BooksLisa R. Spaar examines the poetry of Louise Glück and Anne Shaw.

John Griswold (writing as Oronte Churm) reviews David Foster Wallace's Both Flesh and Not.

Julie Hakim Azzam reviews Katherine Faw Morris's Southern Gothic novel, Young God.

Celia McGee reviews Kathryn Ma's The Year She Left Us. She also reviews Emma Straub's The Vacationers.

Mike Berry reviews Tom Robbins' new memoir, Tibetan Peach Pie.

In the Boston Globe, John Domini reviews Further Joy by John Brandon. The Brooklyn Rail reviews Domini's new book.

Harvey Freedenberg reviews Aleksandar Hemon’s The Book of My Lives.

“When We Read Fiction, How Relevant Is the Author’s Biography?” Thomas Mallon and Adam Kirsch consider.

Joe Peschel reviews David Guterson’s story collection Problems with People.

NBCC board member Carmela Ciuraru takes a look at some newly released books.

Leora Skolkin-Smith reviews Wreckage of Reason II: Back to the Drawing Board.

Maureen Corrigan reviews Kevin Birmingham's The Most Dangerous Book.

NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari considers Frank O'Hara, poet of the Mad Men Era and prophet of the Internet.

Heller McAlpin reviews Ruth Reichl's first novel, “an enthusiastic but cloyingly sentimental story about a 21-year-old who finds happiness by making peace with her past.”

Joelle Biele reviews T.J. Jarrett's Ain't No Grave for Kenyon Review. She also reviews Jamaal May's Hum for Boston Review.