Critical Notes

Roundup: Gail Sheehy, Hillary Clinton, Elena Ferrante, Ian McEwan and Ben Lerner

By Eric Liebetrau

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Susan Froetschel reviews “Extreme: Why Some People Thrive at the Limits.”

Meredith Sue Willis presents her latest “Books for Readers.”

Roxana Robinson on Elena Ferrante’s “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.”

Adam Kirsch: “An aging feminist meets a new generation in Brian Morton’s sharp, sympathetic novel ‘Florence Gordon.'”

Julia M. Klein reviews Gail Sheehy's memoir, “Daring,” for the Boston Globe.

Larry Smith reviews Edward Hirsch's “Gabriel: A Poem.”

NBCC board member David Biespiel delivers his latest Poetry Wire.

Lanie Tankard reviews Hillary Clinton's memoir.

Robert Birnbaum pays tribute to The Baffler. He also takes a look at a selection of “lovely and compelling art books” and talks to Amy Grace Loyd.

Rebecca Ariel Porte reviews “The Albertine Workout” (Anne Carson) in the Philadelphia Review of Books.

Michelle Newby reviews “Spheres of Disturbance” by Amy Schutzer.

“The office: Three new books offer a glimpse at the contemporary workplace,” from Michael Lindgren.

Girija Sankar reviews “From a Tilted Pail” by Ajay Vishwanathan.

David Cooper reviews “The Betrayers” by David Bezmozgis.

NBCC board member Steven G. Kellman reviews Ben Lerner's “10:04.”

Heller McAlpin reviews Eimear McBride's “A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing.” She also reviews Marcos Giralt Torrente's Father and Son,” as well as Ian McEwan's “The Children Act.”

Anjali Enjeti reviews Karen Abbott's “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.” She also reviews Laila Lalami's “The Moor's Account.”

Harvey Freedenberg reviews Busted, by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker.