The Weekend Update in Earnest
NYTBR: David Margolick finds Jeffrey Toobin’s examination of the nine who comprise America’s Supreme Court to be a much-needed tome; Liesl Schillinger (who is waaaaaaaaaay better looking than that caricature, if this is the best the NYTBR can do on the pictorial front, well, let’s say I am not impressed) is caught up in the lively tale that Nancy Horan spins in LOVING FRANK; Dale Peck remains haunted by THE OUTSIDERS, 40 years after its first publication; and Marilyn Stasio reviews new crime books by Dick Francis, Jennifer Lee Carrell, Jeff Lindsay and Parnell Hall.
WaPo Book World: The Section gives us a taste of what’s coming up at the National Book Festival next weekend; Jonathan Yardley is moved by Ann Patchett’s latest novel RUN; and Ron Charles totally convinces me to read Millard Kaufman’s debut novel – published at the age of ninety.
LA Times: Francisco Goldman reveals the pain hidden underneath his writerly guise; a new Michener novel appears 10 years after the author’s death; and Heller McAlpin finds herself strangely engaged by another recently discovered Nemirovsky masterwork.
G&M: Candice Fertile is impressed with TURTLE VALLEY, the Giller-longlisted novel from Gail Anderson-Dargatz; Michael Smith maps out a few good books on all things genetic code-related; and Margaret Cannon’s crime column focuses on new books by Chelsea Cain, Michael Harvey, Ake Edwardson, Mark Billingham, Jeffrey Miller, Barbara Fradkin, Charlie Huston and Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. And since she’s correcting the previous column, here’s one for the next: Cain’s book ain’t no debut.
Guardian Review: David Margolick explains the global appeal of Boris Akunin; Val McDermid explains her approach to writing; Oliver Burkeman sits down with Steven Pinker, the enfant terrible of cognitive neuroscience; and Matthew Lewin has his say on recent thrillers by Elmore Leonard, Gianrico Carofiglio, Robert B. Parker and James Barrington.
Observer: After reading a biography about Rudolf Nureyev, Peter Conrad finds the dancer to be “a deeply unattractive man”; Francesca Segal is taken with David Thewlis’s first crack at novel-writing; and Peter Guttridge reviews the latest in crime by Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Nick Stone, Alex Scarrow and Kolton Lee.
The Times: Stephen Amidon presents a comprehensive guide to all things Philip Roth; Helena Frith Powell gets a voyeuristic thrill from reading proto-supermodel Marie Helvin’s autobiography; and Marcel Berlins takes on new crime efforts from Minette Walters, Henning Mankell, Chelsea Cain and Kathy Reichs.
The Scotsman: Claire Black reads through a cultural history of virginity; Yann Martel offers Jackie McGlone a preview of his next novel; and Samuel Fuller wrote a thriller? Oh, I so have to read this.
Oline Cogdill finds hidden depths in Jeff Lindsay’s latest outing with his peculiar serial killing creation.
David Montgomery has good things to say about William Lashner’s A KILLER’S KISS at the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Susanna Yager reviews the latest crime novels from Peter Robinson and Jon Talton.
Tom & Enid Schantz review new mystery offerings from Marcia Muller, James R. Benn and R.T. Raichev.
Anthony Rainone raves about Megan Abbott’s QUEENPIN in the Lincoln Journal-Star.
Boyd Tonkin profiles Tom McCarthy, whose work will probably outlast and be read by more folk than most of the usual contemporary literary suspects, I reckon.
Danuta Kean wonders why Lynda LaPlante is so angry, as evident by the profile piece that follows in the Independent on Sunday.