Critical Notes

Roundup: Lena Dunham, Caitlin Moran, Jonathan Eig, Stacey D’Erasmo, and Jane Smiley

By Eric Liebetrau

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John Domini reviews Mary Beard's “Laughter in Ancient Rome.”

NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari's Between the Lines column for focuses on October  books, including new novel from NBCC winner Jane Smiley, NBCC finalist Hector Tobar's electric nonfiction book, a story collection by Canadian author Kathleen Winter, and NBCC award winner Katha Pollitt's latest.

Audra Wolfe reviews Jonathan Eig's new book, “The Birth of the Pill.”

2013 Balakian winner Katherine A. Powers reviews the concluding volume of Jens Lapidus' Swedish crime trilogy for the Barnes and Noble Review.

Ron Slate reviews Sandra Lim's “The Wilderness.”

Thomas McNeely reviews Stacey D'Erasmo's “Wonderland.”

Megan Labrise chats with Caitlin Moran about her hilarious semi-autobiographical novel “How To Build a Girl.” She speaks with YA author Jandy Nelson, Stonewall Jackson biographer S.C. Gwynne and author/illustrator duo Mark Bailey and Edward Hemingway, also for Kirkus Reviews; and interviews Alice Waters for Ulster Publishing's Almanac Weekly.

Robert Birnbaum on the annual release of the Oxford University Press “Atlas of the World.” He also talks to Billy Giraldi.

Marion Winik on Lena Dunham's “Not That Kind of Girl.”

Elizabeth Kiem reviews “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher.”

John McIntyre examines the habit of reading writers' work on the strength of their obituaries.

Christi Clancy reviews Jane Smiley's “Some Luck” in the Milwaukee Journal.

NBCC board member Joanna Scutts reviews Caitlin Moran's novel “How to Build a Girl” and Sandra M. Gilbert's “The Culinary Imagination,” both in the Washington Post. She also reviews Linda Tirado's “Hand to Mouth.”

Grace Lichtenstein reviews Sheila Weller's “The News Sorority.”

Laurie Hertzel interviews Maureen Corrigan.

Julie R. Enszer reviews Daisy Hernández’s “A Cup of Water Under My Bed” for Lambda Literary.

George De Stefano reviews Robert Greenfield’s “Ain’t it Time We Said Goodbye: The Rolling Stones on the Road to Exile.”