Annalisa Quinn

Annalisa Quinn appears in the following:

'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.


Fires Burn — At A Distance — In Unnerving 'Separation'

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Katie Kitamura's new novel follows an unnamed narrator who tails her estranged, disappeared husband to Greece — while keeping the ominous surroundings and disquieting emotions at a cool remove.


'The Spider And The Fly' Gets Stuck In A Web Of Self-Regard

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Reporter Claudia Rowe documents her fascination with serial killer Kendall Francois in The Spider and the Fly — but the book focuses on Rowe's thoughts and needs at the expense of the victims.


'Human Acts' Tries To Reconcile Bloody Human Impulses

Saturday, January 21, 2017

In Han Kang's sharp, almost painfully sensitive new novel, set during and after South Korea's 1980 Gwangju student uprising, people spill blood — but they also brave death to donate it.


Cricket And Difficult Choices In 'Selection Day'

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Aravind Adiga's new novel centers on Manju, a boy from Mumbai, and his tyrannical father, who wants just one thing: To raise the world's best cricketers. But what does Manju want for himself?


In 'ODY-C,' A Greek Hero Worthy Of Women

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Matt Fraction and Christian Ward's splendidly trippy, genderbent retelling of the Odyssey sets the story in space, as warlike Odyssia, "witchjack and wanderer" winds her way home to far Ithicaa.


In 'Dust Bath Revival,' The True Fantasy Is A World Without Shame

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Marianne Kirby's new novel is set in an America overrun by zombies — and also an America in which no one is judged on their appearance; her protagonist is fat and queer, and never hindered by that.


Know Thyself? 'Swing Time' Says It's Complicated

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The narrator of Zadie Smith's new novel is never named — fitting, for a book about the illusions of identity and the ways people try and fail to know and define themselves.


'Float' Will Lift Your Mind Out Of Its Rut

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Anne Carson's unconventional collection of 22 chapbooks can be read in any order, and covers everything from Helen of Troy to H.G. Wells — but mostly, it's about women taking back their own stories.


In 'Table Manners,' A Rather Mannered Plea For Etiquette

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Renowned chef Jeremiah Tower focuses on the consumption rather than the preparation of food in Table Manners. The book leans fussy and prim, turning a blind eye to hosts and hostesses short on cash.


Ordinary Black Lives Are What Matter In 'The Mothers'

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Brit Bennett's new novel focuses on two best friends, both motherless, growing up in a black community in Southern California — and their shifting, lifelong negotiation with the idea of motherhood.


'Cloudbound' Is Stunning, But Doesn't Quite Soar

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fran Wilde built a glorious world of living bone towers and wing-gliding people in last year's Updraft. Her new Cloudbound has stunning skyscapes but lacks some of the first book's emotional heft.


Love Shifts The Self In 'The Lesser Bohemians'

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Eimear McBride's latest follows a young drama student who goes to London and falls for an older man. Her live, wriggling language makes a beautiful account of the ways the self is built and rebuilt.