Critical Notes: Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Sherman Alexie, and more

by Michele Filgate | Jun-26-2017

NBCC president Kate Tuttle reviews Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s “The Fact of a Body” for the Los Angeles Times.

Former NBCC board member Eric Liebetrau and current NBCC president Kate Tuttle contributed to The Boston Globe’s summer reading feature.

NBCC board member Anjali Enjeti reviews Nina Riggs’ debut memoir, “The Bright Hour,” for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

NBCC Balakian winner Parul Sehgal reviews Arundhati Roy’s “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” for The Atlantic. Anita Felicelli reviews the same book for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

NBCC Emerging Critics Fellow Heather Scott Partington reviews “Four New Collections of Omnivorous Literary Criticism” for the New York Times.

Joseph Peschel reviews Kathleen Flynn’s “Jane Austen Project” for the News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer.

Priscilla Gilman reviews Sherman Alexie’s “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” in the Boston Globe.

Steven G. Kellman reviews J. Robert Lennon’s “Broken River” for the San Francisco Chronicle, and has an essay on Jhumpa Lahiri writing in Italian in the New England Review.

Lisa Guidarini has joined the Glasgow Review of Books as a reviewer and essayist.

For The Jewish Week's summer books section, Erika Dreifus reviews Dorit Rabinyan's “All the Rivers,” translated by Jessica Cohen.

Jake Marmer reviews David Shapiro’s “In Memory of an Angel” for Tablet Magazine.

Robert Birnbaum suggests some books for summer reading.

Michael Berry reviews “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss for the Portland Press Herald.

Jeffrey Ann Goudie reviewed Angelica Baker’s debut novel, “Our Little Racket,” for the Kansas City Star

Joan Silverman reviews “The Girl of the Lake” by Bill Roorbach for the Portland Press Herald.

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Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and a freelance writer, essayist, and critic. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, O The Oprah Magazine, The Barnes & Noble Review, and many other publications. She teaches creative nonfiction for The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop and Catapult and lives in Brooklyn.

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