Critical Notes: Maggie Nelson, Elizabeth Alexander, Sarah Manguso, Sally Mann, and more

by Eric Liebetrau | May-11-2015

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Randon Billings Noble reviews Maggie Nelson's "The Argonauts."

Elizabeth Alexander's "The Light of the World: A Memoir," reviewed by Carol Iaciofano.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews "At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews," by Alan Wolfe. Al-Shawaf also reviews "Orhan's Inheritance," by Aline Ohanesian.

"'One Of Us' Examines The Damaged Inner Terrain Of Norwegian Mass Shooter." Maureen Corrigan discusses Asne Seierstad's new book.

Elaine F. Tankard reviews Sarah Manguso's "Ongoingness: The End of a Diary." Tankard also reviews Margret Aldrich's "The Little Free Library Book."

In the New York Journal of Books, Laverne Frith reviews Nathaniel Mackey's "Blue Fasa."

Michelle Newby reviews Attica Locke's "Pleasantville."

At Kirkus.com, Gerald Bartell interviews A. Brad Schwartz.

Ellen Akins reviews "Early Warning" by Jane Smiley, as well as "A God in Ruins" by Kate Atkinson, both for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Terry Hong reviews Janice Nimura's "Daughters of the Samurai." Hong also explores the work of Yasushi Inoue. In addition, Hong interviews Janie Chang.

At the Brooklyn Rail, Leora Skolkin-Smith interviews Andrea Scrima.

NBCC Balakian finalist Ruth Franklin on the reissue of Shirley Jackson's "Life Among the Savages" and "Raising Demons."

Sheri J. Caplan reviews Sally Mann's "Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs."

Julie R. Enszer reviews “Erebus” by Jane Summer and “Fanny Says” by Nickole Brown, as well as “A Stranger’s Mirror” by Marilyn Hacker at Lambda Literary.

Lori Feathers reviews "Baboon" by Naja Marie Aidt, part of the “Why This Book Should Win” series for the 2015 Best Translated Book Award. Feathers also reviews "The Vegetarian" by Han Kang. In addition, Feathers reviews Sergey Gandlevsky’s "Trepanation of the Skull."

"‘Look Who’s Back,’ With a Resurrected Adolf Hitler," by Daniel Torday.

NBCC awardee William H. Gass' "Middle C" wins William Dean Howells award for best novel in past 5 years, from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Carl Rollyson reviews "Young Eliot," by Robert Crawford.




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