Annalisa Quinn appears in the following:
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?
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Also: George R.R. Martin enters the political fray; Robert Darnton on censorship.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Also: A Jane Austen Festival sets a new record; Terrance Hayes on winning a MacArthur.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Also: a biography of Joan Rivers; the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Award is announced.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Also: recently discovered letters by Jack Kerouac; Will Self doesn't like hipsters.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Also: writers ask Amazon's board to end battle with Hachette; notable books coming out this week.