Critical Notes

Roundup: Jacqueline Winspear, Bret Anthony Johnston, and crime writers to read now

By Eric Liebetrau

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Patricia Park reviews Bret Anthony Johnston's “Remember Me Like This.”

Poems Hold the Mysteries of the Present, Dreams of the Future.” NBCC board member David Biespiel on how poetry “poetry has ritualized human life, informed us with metaphors of feeling and thought, and all the occasions we experience between womb and tomb.”

Marion Winik on Judith Frank's “All I Love and Know.”

Maureen Corrigan reviews Jacqueline Winspear's “The Care and Management of Lies.” She also reviews Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut novel, “Panic in a Suitcase.”

In her latest BBC column, NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari points out crime writers to read now.

John Domini reviews Brandon Hobson's “Deep Ellum.”

NBCC board member Steven G. Kellman reviews Marja Mills' “The Mockingbird Next Door.”

Diane Scharper takes a look at Emma Lazarus.

“When It Comes to Fiction About National Tragedy, How Soon Is Too Soon?” Daniel Mendelsohn and Anne Holmes discuss.

Robert Birnbaum on Hillary, the Obamas and Senator Warren.

Tweed's editor Randy Rosenthal interviews Burmese author Ma Thanegi about her book “Nor Iron Bars a Cage,” in which she writes about her time spent in Rangoon's infamous Insein Prison.

“Is Country Music Big Enough for Rednecks and Gays?” Heather Seggel reviews “Rednecks, Queers, & Country Music.”

Jan Alexander reviews Boris Fishman's “A Replacement Life” for The Neworld Review.

NBCC board member Eric Liebetrau reviews “Liberty's Torch” by Elizabeth Mitchell.