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Roundup: William Kent Krueger, Haruki Murakami, top fall books and an interview with Elena Ferrante

by Eric Liebetrau | Aug-25-2014

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NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari's top 10 fall books, in her latest BBC column.

Tobias Carroll reviews "Mr. Gwyn," by Alessandro Baricco.

Elizabeth Rosner reviews James Carroll's "Warburg in Rome."

At the Christian Science Monitor, Andrew Cleary reviews Michael Harris' "The End of Absence."

Christie Aschwanden reviews J.C. Herz's "Learning to Breathe Fire."

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Michael Crummey's novel "Sweetland." He also reviews Juan Cole's "The New Arabs."

"'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage': A lean Murakami (with the usual love, music, dreams, sex)," from Eileen Weiner.

Laurie Hertzel profiles bestselling author William Kent Krueger.

"You Would Think 'Adultery' Would Be A Little More Tantalizing." Heller McAlpin on Paulo Coelho's latest novel.

Joe Peschel also reviews Coelho's novel.

Anjali Enjeti reviews Roxane Gay's "Bad Feminist."

Megan O'Grady interviews the elusive Elena Ferrante for Vogue.

Julia M. Klein reviews Dianne Hales' "Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered" for the Chicago Tribune.

Book-reviewing gets a shoutout in Erika Dreifus "After the MFA: Fantasy, Reality, and Lessons Learned" on the Poets & Writers website.

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