Critical Notes

Critical Notes October 10, 2016

By Bethanne Patrick

Greetings, critics and readers. This week we’ve got a good mix of fiction and nonfiction, reviews and interviews. 

Kerri Arsenault talked to Matt Weiland, lover of soccer and talking rabbits, over at The Literary Hub.

Benjamin Woodard reviews The Gloaming by Melanie Finn at Electric Literature.

Elaine Showalter reviewed Jonathan Safran Foer’s Here I Am for Prospect Magazine and Ruth Franklin’s Shirley Jackson: A Biography for The Washington Post.

Jim Ruland reviewed Gina Frangello’s Every Kind of Wanting for his San Diego CityBeat column “The Floating Library.”

Judy Krueger covered Lydia Millet’s Sweet Lamb of Heaven for Litbreak.

A roundup of four wonderful story collections by women writers, in the San Francisco Chronicle, by Dawn Raffel.

Kevin O’Kelley on the new and “game-changing” look at Ulysses S. Grant, in The Christian Science Monitor.

Over at The New Republic, Matthew C. Simpson reviews The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution by Michael J. Klarman.

Vampire in Love: Stories by Enrique Vila-Matas is reviewed by Jan Alexander at New World Review.

At the Raleigh News-ObserverJoseph Peschel reviews Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed.

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple is reviewed by Jeffrey Ann Goude in The Kansas City Star.

Maureen Corrigan covers Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder for WFSU-NPR.

At The Chicago Review of Books, Part 1 of a two-part interview with Ken Liu, by Amy Brady. 

On her own website, Erika Dreifus interviews Rachel Hall about Hall’s newly published collection of linked stories, Heirlooms.

Joan Silverman interviewed Nicholson Baker about Substitute for The Portland Press-Herald.

Michael Magras reviews The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky for BookPage.

Priscilla Gilman on American Philosophy: A Love Story by John Kaag, in The Boston Globe.

Annette Libeskind Bercovits’s memoir about her father, In the Unlikeliest of Places, reviewed by Julia M. Klein for the Forward.

Frank Freeman’s review of A Kingdom of Their Own: The Family Karzai and the Afghan Disaster by Joshua Partlow, in the Washington Free Beacon.

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Bethanne Patrick is the NBCC VP of Technology and a writer who lives near Washington, DC.