Roundup: Nathan Englander, Hanne Blank, Thomas Mallon, more

by Mark Athitakis (membership) | Feb-20-2012

Adam Kirsch reviews Nathan Englander’s story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank at Tablet; Parul Sehgal reviews the book for

George de Stefano reviews Hanne Blank’s Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality for the New York Journal of Books.

Ron Charles reviews Thomas Mallon’s novel Watergate for the Washington Post.

Xujun Eberlein reviews two books on China, Yang Jisheng’s Tombstone and Frank Dikotter’s Mao’s Great Famine, for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

David L. Ulin reviews John D’Agata and Jim Fingal’s The Lifespan of a Fact for the Los Angeles Times.

Philip Belcher reviews Floyd Collins’ What Harvest: Poems on the Seige & Battle of the Alamo for Shenandoah.

Mary Ann Gwinn looks at four NBCC awards finalists in the Seattle Times.

Michael Leong reviews a reissue of Bern Porter’s 1972 collection Found Poems at Hyperallergic.

Rigoberto Gonzalez’s “La Pelona as Birdwoman” was featured on the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series.

E.L. Doctorow writes about Sandrof lifetime achievement winner John Leonard in the Nation.

Jay Jennings reviews Jim Yardley’s Brave Dragons: A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach, and Two Cultures Clashing for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Jane Ciabattari interviews Richard Mason, author of the novel History of a Pleasure Seeker, for the Daily Beast.

Julia M. Klein reviews Julie Otsuka’s novel The Buddha in the Attic for Columbia Magazine.

Lev Grossman praises two novels, Elizabeth Hand’s Available Dark and Edward St. Aubyn’s At Last, at Time.

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