Critical Notes

Roundup: Eric Foner, Neel Mukherjee, Samantha Shannon, Michael Christie, and more

By Eric Liebetrau

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Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Michael Christie's novel “If I Fall, If I Die.”

Denise Low: “Four collections by regional poets describe the all-American experience: Ted Kooser, Lawrence Matsuda, Gwen Westerman, Jane Hoogestraat.” The Poetry Foundation recently published 3 poems from Low's new book Melange Block (Red Mountain Press).

Kit Reed reviews “Lost & Found” by Brooke Davis.

Julia M. Klein reviews Eric Foner's “Gateway to Freedom” for the Boston Globe. Klein also reviews Sarah Wildman's “Paper Love” and Miranda Richmond Mouillot's “The Fifty-Year Silence” for the Jewish Daily Forward.

“Viva Jose Marti!” by Robert Birnbaum. He also takes a look at “Dogs Rule Nonchalantly.”

Angali Enjeti reviews debut novelist Natalie Baszile's “Queen Sugar” for ArtsATL.

Julie Hakim Azzam reviews Neel Mukherjee's “The Lives of Others,” which was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize.

NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari reviews Samantha Shannon's “The Mime Order,” sequel to “The Bone Season.” In her BBC column, Ciabattari recommends 10 books to read in February.

Michelle Newby reviews “What Happened Here,” by Bonnie ZoBell.

Lisa Russ Spaar on “The Americans” and “Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock.”