Hanya Yanagihara’s novel A Little Life (2015) is a masterwork in the realist tradition of American writing, showing what can still be done that is new and inspiring more than a century after Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, and Henry James. ……………………………………
Reviewer …the story is not a downer. What it is, is real. Its fidelity to the way things actually are and to what people actually feel is inspiring.”
Lee secures our attention and keeps it on a tight leash throughout. Her characters are complex, sympathetic, and highly individuated.
BOOK REVIEW: Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning, by Aaron James — October 2017
Reviewed by Jane Tompkins I’ve always had a vague idea that in another life I’d like to be a surfer. Now I know for sure I’d like to be one, having read Surfing with Sartre, and wish I weren’t too old to start now. This is a book of popular philosophy—not written for academic philosophers
Readers of Paul Theroux’s travel books will want to read his new memoir.
They should also read our book reviewer’s insightful exploration into this book and its author.