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Annalisa Quinn

Annalisa Quinn appears in the following:

'Sweetbitter' Sings With Innocence And Experience

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Stephanie Danler's new novel follows a young woman finding herself in the New York City restaurant world. It's voluptuous, ripeness on the verge of rot — but anything more tasteful wouldn't do.

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'Smoke' Author Dan Vyleta Keeps It Messy

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dan Vyleta's new novel imagines a world where inner faults and sins are made visible by black smoke curling from bodies. He says his big, sprawling narratives were inspired by the works of Dickens.

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'Little Labors' Is No Small Feat

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Rivka Galchen's meditation on motherhood is wry, low-key and non-linear, inspired by the 11th-century Japanese classic The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon — and the sleep-deprived brains of new parents.

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'The Red Parts' Offers No Easy Answers

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Author Maggie Nelson's aunt was murdered decades ago. Her new book chronicles the trial that ensues when the old, cold case is reopened. It's an uneasy masterpiece that avoids quick catharsis.

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Healing And Horror Sit Side By Side In 'Little Red Chairs'

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Edna O'Brien's new book is set in a little Irish village disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious stranger, a war criminal in hiding whose murderous hands can heal as well as kill.

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Placid Madonnas Please Antisocial Men Of Genius In 'Almanac'

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Madness and genius make a familiar literary couple whose success with readers, I suspect, depends on a certain amount of gratified vanity: who wouldn't like to imagine that their moods and eccentricities are down to brilliance? Ethan Canin's new novel is about the "the unremitting quarantine" of this type of ...

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

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Waldy Tolliver wakes to find himself "excused from time" (excused, as if time were PE class or jury duty). It's 8:47 – it stays 8:47. "Time moves freely around me," he writes from the cramped apartment of his eccentric, dead twin aunts, "gurgling like a whirlpool, fluxing like a quantum ...

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Family Is Tyranny Writ Small In 'Kookooland'

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Editor's note: This review contains a word some readers may find offensive

"I'm sorry," was the first thing Gloria Norris' mother said to her father when he came into the hospital room after the baby was born. "I'm sorry it wasn't a boy."

Girls, Gloria soon learns from her father, ...

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'Good On Paper' Swings From Scholarly To Zany

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Shira is a frustrated temp and Ph.D. dropout, living in Manhattan with her daughter, Andi, and best friend and co-parent, Ahmad. She quits one menial job to another, tired of stuffing envelopes and being told to smile. Her past is scarred with abandonments: most bruisingly, a mother who left her ...

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

Sunday, January 24, 2016

You arrive in England confident. Why shouldn't you be? You speak the language, you've seen Downton Abbey, and as a teenager you nurtured an inexplicable but ardent crush on Tony Blair. It will be like America, but quainter.

It's only after a few months that the strangeness begins to sink ...

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Simplicity And Restraint Make 'Lucy Barton' Shine

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

"Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress," goes the first line of Middlemarch. Simplicity is a brave choice in a novel as well as in a dress: it means there are no forgiving distractions and no flattering cuts. In My ...

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

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Diana Athill is, by her own account, a very old woman. At 98, she lives in a home for the elderly in North London. This small and lovely book is a collection of favorite memories that return to Athill at the end of her life: heartbreak, yes, a miscarriage, but ...

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

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Shame and Wonder is a series of wandering essays on cartoons, comic books, model rockets and other passions of a midcentury boyhood, as well as meditations on travel and friends and whatever else drifts into its slow and dreamy orbit. And everywhere, David Searcy finds the strange and marvelous in ...

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

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The third and grisliest mystery from Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling's alter ego, opens with a woman's severed leg. "It's not even my size," complains one-legged detective Cormoran Strike when the grim package is delivered to his assistant.

Under the limb are lyrics to Blue Oyster Cult's "Mistress of the Salmon ...

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

Friday, October 09, 2015

Terrible jealousy, an oracle, a lost child, a living statue, miraculous redemption: The Winter's Tale is one of Shakespeare's most mythic and magic plays. It is a story, as the characters like to say as strange occurrence follows strange occurrence, "like an old tale."

Even then it was an old ...

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

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Editor's note: A Dietland quote in this review contains language some may find offensive.


In fiction, there are the Good Fats (Clara Peggotty, Mrs. Weasley and various other pillowy matrons) and the Bad Fats (Ursula, Augustus Gloop, assorted despicable characters whose fatness is shorthand for moral decay). Oh, ...

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

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Anna Lyndsey lives in the dark. She was living a pleasantly ordinary life, working for the British government, when she began to feel a sensitivity to light: At first, computer screens seemed to burn her face, and then artificial lights, and then, finally, sunlight.

She describes the moment when she ...

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

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cheryl Glickman has an unflattering wardrobe and a permanent lump in her throat. She is in love with Philip, who offers her only a reference to his color therapist and text message updates about his affair with a teenager ("What would be the emoticon for Carry me to your penthouse ...

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There's More To Asking Than Just Art

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Amanda Palmer's well-intentioned, slightly clueless new book, The Art of Asking, is a little bit diary, a little bit TED talk, and a little bit how-to guide. Palmer, Neil Gaiman's wife and one-half of the band the Dresden Dolls, had a well-publicized break from her record label and asked her ...

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Spend Some Time 'Loitering,' And Feel Less Alone

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The essay, some time in its long journey from Samuel Johnson's "loose sally of the mind, an irregular undigested piece," has become something that can be persuasive instead of discursive, something that slices and gleams, an accumulation of arguments as relentless as the stacking of bricks.

But the essay has ...

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