Susan Salter Reynolds

Susan Salter Reynolds is a book critic and writer who lives in Los Angeles and Vermont. She has three children: Sam, Ellie, and Mia.


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The Morning After

OF COURSE THE TITLE is irresistible. In a sea of books about the glories of Paris, and why can’t ...


Like Settled Dust

THERE'S SO MUCH RAW pain in these gorgeous essays that one understands why many writers rarely leave the house, much less ...


Invisibility Act

nbsp; "Magic Hour: The brief periods of dawn and dusk that allow enough time for shooting, but also create some striking ...


Postscript

THIS IS THE BEST KIND of historical fiction — the kind that dives right in. With very little explanation or introduction, ...


Unfamous

IT IS NOT HARD TO FEEL motherly toward James Franco (thirty years ago I might have sung a different tune). He ...


Portrait of a Friendship

WHAT CAN A WRITER DO? In 2008, Sarah Manguso's friend Harris jumped in front of a train pulling in to a ...


Only the Good

IF ONLY I COULD STOP crying long enough to write about this damn book. (Since John Green is a "YA," or ...


Discoveries: Tupelo Hassman

Girlchild is told in many voices: Rory’s diary entries, social worker notes, letters, arrest records,...


Discoveries: Trea Martyn

IMAGINE A TIME WHEN, to win a woman's love, the ardent suitor had to create a garden more beautiful, more sensual, ...


Discoveries: Christian McEwen

HERE IS YOUR CHANCE: a new year, a new opportunity to slow down, stop your crazy multitasking, pay attention to the ...


Discoveries: Jane Smiley

THERE'S NOTHING LIKE READING writers on writers, and this Penguin series, first published at the turn of this century, contains some ...


Discoveries: Edna O'Brien

JAMES JOYCE, POOR JOIST, a funnominal man, supporting a gay house in a slum of despond." Edna O'Brien lays it on ...


Discoveries: Robert Vivian

THESE ESSAYS CONTAIN SOME OF THE FINEST writing I have ever read. We readers are big mammals. We lumber through life ...


Discoveries: Christopher Merrill

CHRISTOPHER MERRILL HAS ALWAYS believed in quests. Over many years and many books he has traveled out, confronting fear, admiring the ...


Three Novels

By Nightfall, like The Hours, is chock full of literary reference, especially Thomas Mann (Death in Venice), not Virginia Woolf....


Discoveries: Lily Tuck

YOU SUSPECT IT'S TRUE: what we remember at life's end are the vacations, the concerts, the dinners with friends. In one ...


Discoveries: Michael Cunningham

COMBINE FOR A MOMENT the descriptive power of a James Salter novel (oh, those beautiful things!) with the dialogue of a ...


Discoveries: Maile Meloy

MAILE MELOY SAYS IT'S FOR AGES ten and up, and I think that includes 52. This delightful secret garden of a ...


Romero, Blew, Aciman, Hughes

Some doors opened, were squeezed through, then slammed shut, trapping women like Blew in lives filled with unprecedented challenges....


Discoveries: Mary Romero

JUST AS ANN CRITTENDEN brought us deep into the economic realities of child-rearing in The Price of Motherhood, Mary Romero's ...


Discoveries: André Aciman

André Aciman is, quite simply, one of the finest essayists of the last hundred years – you'd have to go ...


Discoveries: Ben Loory

STRANGE, GORGEOUS FABLES - the reader isn't sure if she has dreamed them or read them. A homesick octopus with a collection ...


Discoveries: Henri Cole

ldquo;IT'S GOOD FOR THE EGO,” Cole writes in the poem “Hens,” “when I call and they ...


Discoveries: Alexandra Fuller

IN ALEXANDRA FULLER'S CLASSIC MEMOIR Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, the author used all her formidable humor, ...


Discoveries: Beryl Bainbridge

ALL OF BERYL BAINBRIDGE'S characters are refugees from the past. They arrive on the pages of her books either shot from ...


Discoveries: Dan Fante

I HAVE LEAD AN INTENSE LIFE,” Dan Fante writes in his author’s note. “For the sake of brevity I have ...

Discoveries: Dan Fante
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