Critical Notes

Roundup: Tana French, Roxane Gay, Vikram Chandra, and Garret Keizer

By Eric Liebetrau

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Sebastian Stockman reviews Elizabeth Green's “Building a Better Teacher” and Garret Keizer's “Getting Schooled.”

Katherine A. Powers reviews John Williams's “Augustus” for the Barnes and Noble Review. She also reviews Rene Steinke' “Friendswood” for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“Eyeless in Gaza,” from Robert Birnbaum. He also examines the “vital strain of satire and good-natured social commentary that Kurt Vonnegut wielded.”

Meredith Maran reviews Roxane Gay’s “Bad Feminist.” She also reviews Joshua Wolf Shenk’s “The Power of Two.”

Alexandra Schwartz takes a look at protean writer/trumpeter/troublemaker Boris Vian. She also interviews poet Claudia Rankine, as she was visiting Ferguson.

Julia M. Klein reviews Susan Vreeland's “Lisette's List” for the Boston Globe. She also reviews “Feminism Unfinished.”

NBCC board member David Ulin on the power of a bookstore.

Jim Ruland reviews Lee Klein's “The Shimmering Go-Between” and Erika T. Wulf's “Crazy Horse's Girlfriend.”

“What does it mean to triumph as a poet?” NBCC board member David Biespiel's latest Poetry Wire.

Michael Puican reviews “Lullaby (with Exit Sign)” by Hadara Bar-Nadav.

NBCC board member Rigoberto González wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for his poetry collection, “Unpeopled Eden.”

“Three Books to Get Over an Affair,” from Randon Billings Noble.

Lisa Levy reviews Tana French's new novel.

NBCC board member Colette Bancroft also reviews French's novel.

Former NBCC board member Laura Miller on how David Mitchell gets fantasy wrong.

For the Daily Beast, NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari talks to novelist Vikram Chandra about his obsession with computer coding.

Alex Burling reviews the new Murakami novel.

Lisa R. Spaar on “My Funeral Gondola” and “Praise.”

Ryan Teitman reviews Victoria Chang's “The Boss.”