Critical Notes

Roundup: Dennis Lehane, Daisy Hernandez, Kazuo Ishiguro, Rachel Holmes, Sarah Manguso, and more

By Eric Liebetrau

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Ellen Akins reviews Kazuo Ishiguro's “The Buried Giant.”

Terry Hong also reviews Ishiguro's book. He also interviews Thrity Umrigar.

Eileen Weiner also chimes in on Ishiguro.

Karl Wolff reviews “Gethsemane” by R. Douglas Jacobs. Wolff also reviews “Five Bullets” by Larry Duberstein.

NBCC board member David Biespiel's latest Poetry Wire.

Laurie Hertzel reviews “The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy.” Hertzel also reviews “Girl in the Dark” and “A Cup of Water Under My Bed.”

In the New York Journal of Books, David Cooper reviews “Five Selves” by Emanuela Barasch-Rubinstein.

C.M. Mayo reviews “Lone Star Nation: How Texas Will Transform America.”

At, Alexia Nader profiles Roger White and his book “The Contemporaries: Travels in the 21st Century Art World.”

Girija Sankar reviews “One Day I will Tell You the Things I've Seen,” Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez. Sankar also reviews “The Year of Perfect Happiness,” Becky Adnot-Haynes.

Lori Feathers reviews “A Legacy” by Sybille Bedford.

Diane Scharper reviews R.D. Rosen's “Such Good Girls.”

NBCC board member Steven Kellman reviews “Barefoot Dogs.”

Daniel Dyer reviews Mary Doria Russell's “Epitaph.”

For the Boston Globe, Clea Simon reviews Kim Gordon’s “Girl in a Band.”

Julia M. Klein reviews Rachel Holmes's “Eleanor Marx” for the Washington Post. She also reviews Jeffrey A. Lieberman's “Shrinks” and Irvin D. Yalom's “Creatures of a Day.”

Heller McAlpin reviews Irv Yalom’s “Creatures of a Day.” She also reviews Sarah Manguso's “Ongoingness.”

NBCC board member Colette Bancroft interviews Dennis Lehane, and reviews his new book.

Sheri J. Caplan reviews Valerie Lester's “Giambattista Bodoni: His Life and His World.”

Megan Labrise interviews Jill Ciment for Kirkus.

Allyce Amidon reviews “Serenity: Leaves on the Wind.”

Robert Birnbaum takes a look at extreme time lapse photography: Nicholas Nixon and Jock Sturgis.

Andrew Ervin reviews “The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing” by Nicholas Rombes for Brooklyn Rail.

Julie R. Enszer reviews Chana Bloch’s “Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems.”

Two of Art Taylor's short stories have been nominated for the 2014 Agatha Awards.

Chris Barsanti reviews Jill Leovy's recent book “Ghettoside.”

Michelle Lancaster reviews Patrick Dearen's “The Big Drift.” She also reviews “Her Texas.”

Christopher Shade reviews “Travel Notes” by Stanley Crawford.

Nathan Deuel reviews Mark Doten's “The Infernal.”