“. . . the dark side of genius was not a pretty sight.”
“Moving? At times. Hilarious? Never.”
“Denise Levertov emerges as a person and a poet. . . . an authoritative and intimate biography.”
“. . . the contents of these diaries do nothing to fill in gaps of knowledge about the man, his work, or his beliefs. A cypher he was. A cypher he remains.”
“This Pulitzer Prize winner’s universal appeal . . . shines through in Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake . . .”
“Mr. Iyer’s words are moving, though minimal.
“Imagine a writer with a seemingly endless vocabulary who has somehow convinced himself that he is being paid by the word.
“President Clinton goes on to make an extremely detailed list of 46 steps government could take to make our society and our economy function better.
“Brian Kellow delivers. . . . the filmic rise and fall of a woman of true brilliance, huge ego, and no small amount of neuroses.”
“Alan Moore: Conversations is undoubtedly a definitive, scholarly collection for Mr. Moore’s fans, but as the book’s editor Eric Berlatsky points out: ‘. . .
“Charles Dickens: A Life is a fascinating journey through some of the most mesmerizing and memorable characters ever created—David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Little Nell, Scrooge—a
“Readers who know and love horses surely will be drawn in and mesmerized by True Colors and her herd, as will most anyone fond of, experienced with, or simply interested in animals.
“. . . for a glimpse into James Joyce’s shadowed soul and his demanding mind as well as his labyrinthine texts, Ms.
“Readers need not be familiar with Vonnegut’s oeuvre to enjoy this fascinating biography of an immensely talented and darkly complicated man.
“And perhaps this is the difference between this book and Magical Thinking. There, in the previous work, Ms. Didion wrote in a state of shock, a place of mourning and loss.
“Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.”
—Mark Twain, Autobiography, 1924
“Patti Smith adulates the imagination, especially childhood imagination, mysticism or spirituality, dreams, sensations, nature, the sublime and individualism.
“Dr. Fishbane’s prose often reads like vignettes or poetry from a personal diary as he writes from the dark place that becomes his world without his wife.
“. . . it is clear, as stated on her biography page, that Ms.
“Kayak Morning might be described as a literary stream of consciousness that is both poetic and poignant.”
“There is a saying that if you remember the sixties, then you weren’t there; in the same vein, this book should be read by not only anyone with even a passing interest in this fascinating p
“What we have here is a collection of vaguely amusing errata corralled together with the slightest of lassos, a book with all the organizational clarity of a stand-up act. . . .
“Tawdry as this first love affair with literature may have been, how glad we are that Peter Selgin was tempted into it—and fell head over heels.
“Life in a war zone inevitably changes a person. . . . Ms. di Giovanni deserves much credit for her ability to shift between the two worlds and still maintain her equilibrium.