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Roundup: Justin Cartwright, Siri Hustvedt, Ayelet Waldman, and George Orwell as critic; and more

by Eric Liebetrau | Apr-21-2014

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Eileen Weiner reviews Siri Hustvedt's The Blazing World.

Parul Kapur Hinzen profiles Southern writer Rosemary Daniell in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"Why Is Rumi America's Best Selling Poet?" NBCC board member Jane Ciabattari investigates in her latest BBC column.

PEN Ten Interview Series features Je Banach.

Julia M. Klein reviews Ayelet Waldman's Love and Treasure for the Chicago Tribune.

Fred Setterberg examines George Orwell's work as a critic.

"Which Books From Your Past Do You Read Now With Ambivalence?" Adam Kirsch and Zoe Heller discuss.

NBCC board member Tom Beer reviews Akhil Sharma's Family Life. He also reviews Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman. On the heels of the author's recent death, Beer also looks at "Gabriel García Márquez's 5 classic books."

"Jackie Kerouac? 12 women's road books," from NBCC board member Carolyn Kellogg.

In the New York Journal of Books, David Cooper reviews C.K. Williams' All at Once.

"Duke lacrosse scandal revisited in The Price of Silence." NBCC board member Karen Long reviews William D. Cohan's new book.

"Bintel Brief and Hellfighters: American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated," from NPR critic Maureen Corrigan.

2013 Balakian Award winner Katherine A. Powers reviews Justin Cartwright's Lion Heart.

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