Critical Notes

Margaret Atwood, Susan Cheever, Colum McCann, Anthony Marra, and more

By Eric Liebetrau

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NBCC Fiction Award finalist Marlon James wins the Booker Prize.

Ellen Akins reviews “Mothers, Tell Your Daughters,” by Bonnie Jo Campbell, for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“Dubious Lexicon: A Review of Four-Legged Girl by Diane Seuss.” A review by David Nilsen.

Susan Balee reviews Margaret Atwood's latest. Balee also reviews John Lahr's Tennessee Williams biography.

Megan Labrise interviews Susan Cheever, author of “Drinking in America: Our Secret History,” for Kirkus Reviews.

An interview with Susan Froetschel.

Laverne Frith reviews Elaine Equi's “Sentences and Rain.”

NBCC board member Eric Liebetrau reviews “Rosemary,” by Kate Clifford Larson.

Jan Alexander's short story “Perfidy” is out in the November issue of 34th Parallel magazine.

C.M. Mayo's reviews Sam Quinones' “Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic.”

Barack Obama interviews NBCC Fiction Award winner Marilynne Robinson.

Former NBCC board member Steven Kellman reviews Paul Theroux's “Deep South.”

Ben Woodard interviews Noy Holland about her new novel, “Bird,” for Numéro Cinq Magazine.

Bill Williams reviews “Heretic” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali in America magazine.

Collected by member Erika Dreifus, the latest Jewish Book Carnival, a project of the Association of Jewish Libraries, appears on the Fig Tree Books blog.

Julie R. Enszer reviews “Uncovered: How I left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home” by Leah Lax for

NBCC board president Tom Beer reviews NBCC Leonard Prize winner Anthony Marra's “The Tsar of Love and Techno.”

Alexis Burling also reviews Marra's book.

Hope Reese interviews Anne-Marie Slaughter. Reese also interviews David Mindell.

Karl Wolff reviews “Hunting with Eagles: In the Realm of the Mongolian Kazakhs” by Palani Mohan at the New York Journal of Books. Wolff also reviews “Something Good, Something Bad, Something Dirty: Stories,” by Brian Alan Ellis for the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography.

Michael Magras reviews Colum McCann's “Thirteen Ways of Looking.”

NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari also reviews McCann's book.

Marion Winik reviews the latest from Geraldine Brooks.

Terry Hong reviews three Korean/Korean American novels in the October 15 issue of Library Journal.

Carl Rollyson reviews Jonathan Bate's “Ted Hughes.”