Critical Notes

Roundup: Anne Tyler, Kelly Link, Peter Heller, Charles Darwin, and more

By Eric Liebetrau

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Elfrieda Abbe reviews “Thus Were Their Faces,” an anthology of Silvina Ocampo's short works.

Talking Cuba and Che with Jon Lee Anderson, from Robert Birnbaum. In honor of President's Day, Birnbaum explores the Land of Lincoln.

Michael Magras reviews Kelly Link's “Get in Trouble.”

2013 Balakian winner Katherine A. Powers reviews Nick Hornby's “Funny Girl” for the Barnes and Noble Review.

Carl Rollyson reviews Jonny Steinberg's “A Man of Good Hope.”

Hope Reese reviews Daniel Galera's “Blood-Drenched Beard.”

This Week’s Hot Reads, by Mythili Rao.

Janette Currie reviews Anne Tyler's “A Spool of Blue Thread.”

Laurie Hertzel interviews Peter Heller.

Angie Jabine reviews Curtis Johnson's “Darwin’s Dice: The Idea of Chance in the Thought of Charles Darwin.”

Clifford Garstang's novel in stories “What the Zhang Boys Know” was reviewed by Sally Whitney at Late Last Night Books and by Jan Worth-Nelson.

David Cooper reviews “Lies, First Person” by Gail Hareven.

Michelle Newby Lancaster reviews Jan Jarboe Russell's “The Train to Crystal City.” She also reviews Mary Helen Specht's “Migratory Animals,” as well as “Ghost Horse” by Thomas H. McNeely.

Clea Simon on the Boston noir “Serpents in the Cold.”

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews “All True Not A Lie In It” by Alix Hawley.

“Down with the Strong Female Character,” by Howard Lovy.

Meganne Fabrega reviews “How to Be a Heroine” by Samantha Ellis in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Ellen Akins reviews “After Birth,” by Elisa Albert.

In People, Meredith Maran answers the question: “Should I read Oprah’s new book club pick?” Maran also reviews M.O. Walsh's “My Sunshine Away.”

Julie Hakim Azzam reviews Megan Mayhew Bergman’s latest short story collection, “Almost Famous Women.”

Laura Collins-Hughes reviews “He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter's Quest to Know Him,” by Mimi Baird with Eve Claxton, in the Boston Globe.