Critical Notes

Roundup: Ander Monson, Kelly Link, Neil Gaiman, Lynda Barry, and more

By Eric Liebetrau

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Elaine F. Tankard reviews Ander Monson's recent book, “Letter to a Future Lover.”

NBCC board member Steven Kellman reviews “The Train to Crystal City.”

Megan O'Grady interviews five-tour veteran Elliot Ackerman, author of a debut novel about the Afghan War, “Green on Blue.”

NBCC board member David Biespiel's latest Poetry Wire.

Randon Billings Noble reviews Lynda Barry's new book, “Syllabus.”

Lori Feathers reviews “The Tower” by Uwe Tellkamp.

Mike Berry digs into the archives to review Mike Smith's 1975 book, “The Death of the Detective.” He also reviews Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, and Karen Lord, and interviews Jonathan Lethem.

Julie R. Enszer reviews Helen’s Humphrey’s “The Evening Chorus.”

Joe Peschel reviews Quan Barry’s first novel “She Weeps Each Time You’re Born.”

War Crimes 101/Tortured Reports, from Robert Birnbaum.

Jim Ruland reviews Tom McCarthy's new novel “Satin Island” for the Los Angeles Times.

At, Alexia Nader explores Rachel Holmes' biography of Eleanor Marx.

Clifford Garstang's review of “Truth Poker” by Mark Brazaitis appeared at Peace Corps Worldwide.

Carol Iaciofano reviews the noir novel “Serpents in the Cold” for WBUR's The ARTery.'