Critical Notes

Roundup: David Bezmozgis, Roz Chast, Steven Johnson and Jeff VanderMeer

By Eric Liebetrau

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In the Miami Herald, Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews David Bezmozgis' “The Betrayers.”

Just in time for the Jewish New Year, Erika Dreifus previews fall-season books for the Jewish Journal.

Karl Wolff reviews 'Zine, by Pagan Kennedy, a reissue of her autobiographical 'zine.

Balakian finalist Roxana Robinson reviews Brian Turner's “My Life as a Foreign Country.”

Robert Birnbaum talks to Roz Chast.

Daniel Akst reviews Steven Johnson's new book.

Maureen Corrigan discusses her latest book on the continuing resonance of “The Great Gatsby.”

Andrew Ervin reviews The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer.

Mary Mackey interviews novelist Ellen Sussman on “Surviving Rejection,” as part of the interview series People Who Make Books Happen.

Amy Gentry reviews Eimear McBride's “A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing.”

Clea Simon reviews Daphne Merkin's “The Fame Lunches.” She also reviews Sarah Waters' latest novel.

Marion Winik also reviews Waters' novel, as well as Ian McEwan's “The Children Act.”

Daniel Dyer reviews Matt Richtel's “A Deadly Wandering.”

Scott Porch on the history of Robert Caro's “The Power Broker” and an interview with Mark Whitaker about “Cosby: His Life and Times” for The Daily Beast.