Annalisa Quinn

Annalisa Quinn appears in the following:

'The Shadow President' A Missed Opportunity To Better Understand Mike Pence

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Shadow President looks like a book, but belongs firmly in the world of partisan TV. There is plenty to uncover about the "real" Mike Pence, but readers won't find it here.


'The Victorian And The Romantic' Attempts To Link Writers Through The Ages

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Nell Stevens's new memoir is an uneven but pleasant book that braids her story of doing a PhD amid an uneasy love affair with imaginary scenes from the life of her 19th century research subject.


Spicer Book Offers Insight On Conservative Politics, Doubles Down On Misstatements

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The former Trump press officer intelligently dissects the reward structure of viral Twitter and gives a valuable sketch of conservative politics, but he seems to have written "The Briefing" to an end.


'How To Be Famous' Says: Don't Hide Your Love Away

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Caitlin Moran's new novel, the second installment in the adventures of teen rock critic Dolly Wilde, is a dirty, jolly, book-length defense of teenage enthusiasm — for music, sex and life in general.


'Some Trick' Takes On The Life Of The (Delightfully Irritable) Mind

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Helen DeWitt's new story collection seems less like a book, and more like a series of notes from some vast, alien intelligence, capable of picking apart human habits with startling precision.


In 'You Think It, I'll Say It,' Middle-Aged Moms Get Some Respect

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Curtis Sittenfeld's new collection gives sustained, compassionate attention to the inner lives of women — middle-aged, middle-American, moms — who are often dismissed and devalued in fiction.


'And Now We Have Everything' Charts The Emotional Extremes Of An Ordinary Pregnancy

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Memoirs now tend toward the unique and superhuman, recounting experiences most of us will never have. But Meaghan O'Connell's wry new book is brutally honest about something commonplace: pregnancy.


'Circe' Gives The Witch Of The Odyssey A New Life

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Madeleine Miller's lush, gold-lit new novel is told from the perspective of Circe, the sorceress whose brief appearance in the Odyssey becomes just one moment in a longer, more complex life.


'The Recovering' Chronicles Addiction In Lush, Caressing Detail

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Author Leslie Jamison's new memoir of her years of alcoholism walks in the paths of drunken icons like Raymond Carver and John Cheever, describing the effects of intoxicants with gorgeous, exact care.


Meg Wolitzer Asks The Big Questions In 'The Female Persuasion'

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

At the start of Meg Wolitzer's new novel, a young woman is groped at a fraternity party — and her question, "Why is it like this, and what are we supposed to do about it?" echoes through the book.


After A Wild Start, 'Made For Love' Stumbles

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Alissa Nutting's new novel has a deviant instinct that makes it fascinating at first — but after a promising start, it falls back on shallow sex slapstick rather than authorial skill.


'Too Fat, Too Slutty' Challenges Cultural Expectations Of Women

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Anne Helen Petersen's new book is a thoughtful consideration of several public women — from Nicki Minaj to Hillary Clinton — who've run up against the invisible expectations our culture has of them.


'The Essex Serpent' Spreads Its Wings

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sarah Perry's historical novel is gloriously alive, teeming with bugs, moss and marsh, unconventional spirits and a darker undercurrent of fear about a legendary monster haunting the Essex coast.


'Theft By Finding' Is As Mesmerizing As A Spinning Chicken (Trust Us)

Sunday, June 04, 2017

David Sedaris is great company in this new collected volume of his diaries. He buries emotions deep, but describes the world around him (and his love for IHOP) in chaotic and delightful fashion.


'Priestdaddy' Shimmers With Wonderful, Obscene Life

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Patricia Lockwood's scabrous memoir of growing up with a married Catholic priest for a father is a little overreliant on quirky family details, but scorching in its approach to the Catholic Church.


Many Working Women Won't See Themselves In 'Women Who Work'

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Ivanka Trump's new book — named after her brand's marketing campaign — is packed with anodyne advice borrowed from others, and a striking lack of awareness about economic and racial realities.


'Wait Till You See Me Dance' Is A Marvelous Waltz Of Misdirection

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Deb Olin Unferth's story collection delights in going in unexpected directions, and her sensitively-drawn characters feel the full, real, often contradictory and uneasy layering of human emotion.


'The Devil And Webster' Explores Tolerance, Inclusion And Identity

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jean Hanff Korelitz's latest is set at a tony New England college rocked by racial unrest. It's a suggestive exploration of tough issues, but lacks the nuance and intellect of the best campus novels.


Both Pointless And Playful, 'The Idiot' Is Like A Long Dream

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Elif Batuman has sung the praises of "long novels, pointless novels," and she puts her money where her mouth is with The Idiot, a tale of youthful confusion that can be both boring and beautiful.


'All Grown Up' Is The Picture Of Someone Who Isn't (And A Voice That's Nothing New)

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Jamie Attenberg's newest novel follows a woman living her life unapologetically, and on her own terms. But that kind of life can is not necessarily a good one.