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June 2012 in Black Lamb

Volume 10, Number 6 — June 2012

June 1st, 2012

The Black Lamb Review of Books IX

In this issue of Black Lamb, our ninth annual Black Lamb Review of Books, Terry Ross looks at books by Jaimy Gordon, Elizabeth Taylor, and Alan Hollinghurst, and then plunges into the world of detective fiction in Shamuses, horses, & queers — oh my! Brad Bigelow reports on a spate of translations of Germany’s greatest novelist before Thomas Mann, Theodor Fontane.

John M. Daniel examines The disruptive world of Charles Baxter. In Knights errant, Ed Goldberg takes a close look at cops and detectives fighting burdens imposed upon them. Andi Diehn reports on how endless book reviewing killed her love of reading in Once I was a reader. In Apples & oranges, Toby Tompkins takes a look at T.C. Boyle and also at so-called genre fiction. M.A. Orthofer reviews Peter Ackroyd’s 1996 book Milton in America in What if …? Young Adult book writer Beren de Motier evaluates Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series.

In Inside & outside the box, funeral director Elizabeth Fournier praises Sarah Murray’s book on death and dying. Greg Roberts discovers Richard Yates & the Fifties. In Reading Cheever in Bullet Park, Alex Gallo-Brown does just that. Rod Ferrandino reviews Bill Simmons’s The Book of Basketball in Hoops & more hoops. And M.A. Orthofer looks back at Walter Abish’s 1974 novel Alphabetical Africa and finds it Curiously riveting.

Our Honorary Black Lambs column inaugurates Mary McCarthy and John Gay into our pantheon. Our Black Lamb Recipe is for Lamb & Onion Pirog. Advice columnist Millicent Marshall takes a break from readers’ questions to mention 2½ very good books. And Professor Avram Khan gives us another of his challenging word puzzles. •

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