Annalisa Quinn

Annalisa Quinn appears in the following:

Taking A Timeout From Time — It's A Family Thing

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Tollivers have always believed in time travel and young Waldy is no different. Now, stuck permanently at 8:47 a.m., he passes time writing the history of his expansive (and entertaining) family.


Family Is Tyranny Writ Small In 'Kookooland'

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Gloria Norris' wrenching, darkly funny memoir of her abusive father has strong parallels to accounts of life in the Soviet Union. How do you respond to tyranny? What would it cost you to rebel?


'Good On Paper' Swings From Scholarly To Zany

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Rachel Cantor's new novel tries to draw out the connections between love and scholarship in a tale of a frustrated translator looking for a new life. But it's occasionally too clever for its own good.


'The Road To Little Dribbling' Is A (Mostly) Pleasant Journey

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Bill Bryson follows up his classic travelogue Notes From A Small Island 20 years later — older, grayer, and definitely crankier. It's a charming trip, though marred by a little too much grumpiness.


Simplicity And Restraint Make 'Lucy Barton' Shine

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Elizabeth Strout's new novel, about an estranged mother and daughter reconnecting during the daughter's illness, is a marvel of quiet simplicity. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn calls it "a true novel."


Memories Of A Long Life Return In 'Alive, Alive Oh!'

Sunday, January 10, 2016

British writer Diana Athill is 98 — by her own account, a very old woman. In this slim but lovely volume, she recounts the moments that have lingered: heartbreak, yes, but also hills of bluebells.


'Shame And Wonder' Is Light On Shame, Heavy On Wonder

Thursday, December 31, 2015

David Searcy's essay collection finds the marvelous in everything from classic cars to Scrooge McDuck. Though it lacks some leavening humor, it's a lovely argument for approaching the world with awe.


Rowling's Magic Needs No Spells In 'Career Of Evil'

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

In her third outing as crime novelist Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling hits her stride with a fluid, complex mystery. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn says she excels at depicting evil, ordinary or otherwise.


In 'Gap Of Time,' Shakespeare Is Updated, But Not Upstaged

Friday, October 09, 2015

Jeanette Winterson's retelling of The Winter's Tale includes hedge fund managers and a New Orleans setting. But critic Annalisa Quinn says the book doesn't quite stand on its own.


Fat Is Not A Four-Letter Word In 'Dietland'

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

There are different kinds of fat people in literature — funny or comforting, sometimes despicable. But Sarai Walker's Dietland gives us a new fat protagonist — complex, compelling and dangerous.


The Ecstatic, Erotic Joy Of Reading 'Girl In The Dark'

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Anna Lyndsey's pseudonymous memoir of her severe light sensitivity is full of rich, sensuous language, all grounded in the ever-present limits of a body that keeps her to the margins of normal life.


The Daily Texture Of Life Becomes Art In 'The First Bad Man'

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Miranda July's new novel The First Bad Man defies neat summaries; reviewer Annalisa Quinn calls July "a master of the intimate weirdnesses of human thought," who treats dusty mental corners with care.


There's More To Asking Than Just Art

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Amanda Palmer's new The Art of Asking outlines a well-intentioned but hazy philosophy of asking for help. Critic Annalisa Quinn says Palmer glosses over societal realities of who has access to help.


Spend Some Time 'Loitering,' And Feel Less Alone

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Charles D'Ambrosio's new essay collection wanders through topics journalistic and personal; reviewer Annalisa Quinn says it delivers a primal pleasure of reading: the feeling of being understood.


'Ugly Girls' Is, Well ... Not A Pretty Read

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Lindsay Hunter's novel follows best friends Perry and Baby Girl as they shoplift, ditch school and steal cars. But critic Annalisa Quinn says Ugly Girls has more shock value than substance.


Lena Dunham Really Isn't 'That Kind Of Girl'

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Dunham presents a charming, bumbling, confessional front in her new memoir, but critic Annalisa Quinn says it's only a partial portrait that skimps on revealing Dunham's true talent and ambition.


Book News: National Book Longlists Contain Some Surprises, Many Subtitles

Friday, September 19, 2014

Also: George R.R. Martin enters the political fray; Robert Darnton on censorship.


Book News: Fiction Longlist Is Out For The National Book Awards

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Also: A Jane Austen Festival sets a new record; Terrance Hayes on winning a MacArthur.

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Book News: A Q&A With Alison Bechdel, Cartoonist And MacArthur Winner

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Also: a biography of Joan Rivers; the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Award is announced.


Book News: Rankine, Glück On National Book Awards Longlist For Poetry

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Also: recently discovered letters by Jack Kerouac; Will Self doesn't like hipsters.