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Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe: A Biography

Wagstaff was a lover of beauty, undisciplined and impulsive and more than a little rapacious. These are hardly ideal attributes for a curator — but they can come in handy for a collector.

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
The New York Times : Pop Music (December 05, 2014)

She writes beautifully, in a dreamy, self-interrogating, pre-Internet continuous present, a kind of imagistic drift in which the pale antiheroes of London punk rock come and go like skinny-legged ­poems.

Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard On You?: A Memoir
The New York Times : Pop Music (December 05, 2014)

I finished “Brothas Be” with the sensation that I had been in touch with an indestructible intelligence, with a strain of humor so cosmically rarefied it had looped back on itself and become down-to-earth.

Even This I Get to Experience

There is still a lot of zest, passion and whimsy in the man who taught Americans to laugh at their failings. As Frances Lear would say to him when they were married: “Not bad for a little Jew from Hartford.”

Ambition and Desire: Napoleon's Josephine

Beyond her appreciation for “flawed, vulnerable, engaging, powerful” women, Williams does not seem to have a compelling reason to tell this story.

Yes Please

Amy Poehler admits she wrote her new memoir while sleep-deprived. And it shows. But not in an entirely bad way.

Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity

In his new biography of the Irish playwright, novelist and provocateur, “Wilde in America,” the journalist and cultural historian David M. Friedman argues that Wilde was among the very first to realize that celebrity could come before accomplishment.

Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays

Poetry may need promotion, but it shouldn’t always come along with a condescending picture of the world in which it needs promoting. Poetry is not sermonic; its crusaders should take a lesson from it.

The Number 7
Kirkus Reviews : The Number 7 (December 05, 2014)

Insightful and compassionate storytelling.

The House We Grew Up In: A Novel

The House We Grew Up In does a fantastic job showing the ever-changing family dynamic as well as the stress and strain of family in general.

Something Rich and Strange

Rash's spectacular stories may originate in the peculiar soil of Appalachia, but their reach and their rewards are vast.

The Goldfinch: A Novel

An exhausting read and after a while you just start thinking of all the things you could be doing instead.

Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions

As Zuckerman makes clear, without resorting to smugness, secularity is not nothing but rather a way of living that enhances moral virtues and promotes human decency

Deadly Little Sins

Deadly Little Sins is fun for fun sake but not as fabulous as the previous two.

How to Build a Girl

Moran is so lively, dazzlingly insightful and fun that “How to Build a Girl” transcends any age restrictions.

The Moor's Account: A Novel

A bold and exhilarating bid to give a real-life figure muzzled by history the chance to have his say in fiction.

The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light

“The Universal Tone” probably won’t rearrange your molecular structure, but, for all its 500-plus pages of specifics, it’ll prove quite universal for everyone who wonders what their favorite virtuosos are feeling when they’re soloing and seemingly lost in flight.


The events that fill “Skylight” — adultery, incest, physical, sexual and emotional abuse — are shocking on reflection but within the pages emerge so clearly out of the characters’ loneliness, frustration, longing and misery as to seem inevitable.

The May Bride: A Novel

For all its faults, The May Bride is still an entertaining novel.