Jane reviews two books.
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.
The reviewer felt herself, when reading, to be “in the presence of something recognizably, and at times, shockingly, real.”
Stephen Birmingham’s Life at the Dakota is a work of cultural history full of juicy tidbits. And there is an upstate connection.
Jane is very taken with Chechov’s short stories: “…he refuses to turn away from those aspects of life that seem the most horrific and inexplicable; his stories seem compelled to comes to terms with them.”
“This novel, the first by Atticus Lish, is angry, depressing, self-righteous, overwritten, and pretentious. It’s also, in a way, brilliant and ground-breaking.”