Critical Notes

Roundup: John Lahr, Stephen King, Kathryn Harrison, Jill Lepore, H.L. Mencken, and more

By Eric Liebetrau

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At, Gerald Bartell interviews Lucy Worsley. At the San Francisco Chronicle, he reviews John Lahr's biography of Tennessee Williams.

Julia M. Klein also reviews Lahr's biography.

2013 Balakian winner Katherine A. Powers reviews the Library of America's “The Days Trilogy, Expanded Edition” by H.L. Mencken, edited by Marion Elizabeth Rodgers for the Barnes and Noble Review.

Priscilla Gilman reviews Stanley Plumly's “The Immortal Evening.”

Bill Williams reviews “Slow Dancing with a Stranger” by Meryl Comer.

For her Between the Lines column on, NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari picks top 10 November books, including NBCC and Nobel award winning Alice Munro's new Family Furnishings, NBCC winner Rebecca Solnit's new essay collection, Lydia Millet's new mermaid novel, and flash collaboration prompted by binge watching cult movies. Ciabattari also gets new perspectives on Stephen King from Harold Bloom and Peter Straub.

Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell examines the Sherlock Holmes style.

Jim Ruland reviews Damien Ober's extraordinary “Doctor Benjamin Franklin's Dream America” for The Floating Library in San Diego CityBeat.

Gregory J. Wilkin reviews the latest installment in the Best American Sports Writing series.

Meredith Maran on Kathryn Harrison's biography of Joan of Arc.

Buzzy Jackson reviews Jill Lepore's “The Secret History of Wonder Woman.”

Julie Hakim Azzam interviews picture book duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen about their newest collaboration, “Sam and Dave Dig a Hole.”

Mike Lindgren reviews ­”Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson.”

Karl Wolff reviews “By Way of Water,” by Charlotte Gullick.