Annalisa Quinn

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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, ...


'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 ...


'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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


'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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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, ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Perry, with her blond hair and long legs, is pretty. Baby Girl, with her shaved head and overdrawn lips, is ugly. Together they steal cars, shoplift, and ditch school — not knowing they are being watched by Jamey, an ex-felon posing as a teenage boy online. The girls begin to ...


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

Saturday, October 04, 2014

What kind of girl is Lena Dunham? Is she Hannah Horvath, narcissistic Girls character? Is she Your Friend Lena, the charming, bumbling author of her new book, Not That Kind of Girl? Is she a celebrity? An artist? A media mogul?

Her memoir persona — Your Friend Lena — is ...


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

Friday, September 19, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

The four longlists for the National Book Awards — in the categories Young People's Literature, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction — were announced this week, and mostly eschewed big names in favor of authors not well-known outside of literary ...


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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The fiction longlist for the National Book Awards was released Wednesday evening, and includes Richard Powers, who won the award in 2006; Mountain Goats vocalist John Darnielle; and Molly Antopol and Phil Klay, who were both nominated ...

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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The winners of the MacArthur "Genius Grant" awards were announced Wednesday morning, and include poet Terrance Hayes, playwright Samuel D. Hunter, poet and Arabic translator Khaled Mattawa and cartoonist and memoirist Alison Bechdel. Bechdel is the creator of the cartoon strip Dykes to Watch Out For and author of ...


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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The poetry longlist for the 2014 National Book Awards includes collections from Claudia Rankine, Fanny Howe, Edward Hirsch and former U.S. Poet Laureates Louise Glück and Mark Strand. The National Book Foundation said in a press release: ...


Book News: Agent Denies That Oscar Pistorius Is Writing A Memoir

Monday, September 15, 2014

Updated at 9:45 a.m. ET.

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Oscar Pistorius' manager, Peet van Zyl, is walking back suggestions that Pistorius was planning to write a memoir about his shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. In an earlier version ...