“Like a foray into the heartbeat of a widely beloved author, These Precious Days by Ann Patchett is a powerful essay collection, wonderfully executed and deeply human.”
“Poller’s Aldous Huxley offers readers a clear, thorough guide to Huxley’s metaphysical thought and the process through which it evolved over the course of his career as a writer.”
While recovering from a serious stroke in 1995, British author, critic, and editor Robert McCrum found that the only words that made sense to him were bits of Shakespeare.
“The Writer’s Crusade is an important consideration of Kurt Vonnegut and the legacy of Slaughterhouse-Five.”
“For sheer reading and reflecting pleasure, These Precious Days is a treasure.”
“A thoughtful and admiring account of a young British man’s rise from lackluster roots to world fame as a science fiction writer.”
“A splendid appreciation, from one master to another, written with great warmth, fervor, and intelligence.”
Rebecca Solnit, the author of more than 20 books, might be called an eternal optimist, if not a Pollyanna. Apparently nothing has ever got her down, at least not for long.
“Oscar Wilde: A Life is elegantly written . . . Dense with detail, it draws the reader into Wilde’s milieu.
“The Storytellers is a gift to aspiring writers of mysteries and thrillers, readers and fans, and academics alike. An instant classic . . .”
“A masterful job of bringing Orwell’s complex personality and incredibly prescient thinking vividly to life.”
“History at its finest, proving clearly how the past is very much part of the present.”
“Borchert’s history is bound to appeal to readers interested in the American 1930s, the careers of noted writers, and the U.S.
“Riley’s book is both an incisive examination of Sowell’s ideas and a tribute to a man of courage, brilliant intellect, fierce independence, and scholarly integrity.”
Timothy Brennan begins his intellectual and political biography of Edward Said—the Palestinian American literary critic, gadfly, and largely self-appointed global diplomat—on a somber note.
“in Philip Roth: The Biography, Blake Bailey provides ample evidence of his understanding of modern American literature and the frailties and achievements of an ar
“If you have read only smaller portions of Dostoevsky, Christofi’s account will send you off to look for more.
Hermione Lee’s biography of this celebrated playwright spans the six decades of his career.
“Bury me north of the Mason-Dixon line, in a white suit and a plain coffin.” —Louise Fitzhugh
“The little boy who dreamed of painting like Norman Rockwell ended up with his own art on the cover of The New Yorker. What could be more magical than that?
“Souder’s biography is a stylistic portrait of a towering American original.”
Leonard Cohen Untold Stories could not have happened before social media. Through Facebook, Google, and WhatsApp, Michael Posner located people who once knew Leonard Cohen and fell away.
Sylvia Plath wrote some of the best poetry of the 20th century, but her work gets less attention than the way she died. So argues Heather Clark.
“There has been a fair amount of important discussion recently about the stories of immigration across the southern border, about how those stories should be told and who should tell them.
“Illness is nothing if not a narrative: the present isn’t what the past was supposed to lead up to, and the future holds God only knows what.