Roundup: Laird Hunt, Alice Munro, Richard Russo, and More

by Mark Athitakis | Nov-12-2012

Julia M. Klein reviews David Nasaw’s The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy for the Boston Globe.

Gina Webb reviews Laird Hunt’s novel Kind One and Janis Owen’s American Ghost for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Harvey Freedenberg reviews Alice Munro’s story collection Dear Life for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Joanna Scutts reviews  Tom Reiss’ The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo for the Washington Post.

Rigoberto Gonzalez reviews Jaime Manrique’s novel Cervantes Street for the El Paso Times.

Carolyn Kellogg interviews Daniel Mendelsohn about his new essay collection, Waiting for the Barbarians, at the Los Angeles Times.

Maureen Corrigan reviews Richard Russo’s memoir Elsewhere for NPR.

Laura Miller reviews Oliver Sacks’ Hallucinations for Salon.

Steve Weinberg reviews Clive Stafford Smith’s The Injustice System: A Murder in Miami and a Trial Gone Wrong for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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