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These qualities are on a lively screen in You think so, I tell a collection of 10 stories, her first.
Sittenfeld is a Midwesterner, and many of these stories take place in the "heart". But her characters would fit into a Brooklyn dinner party: They are mostly middle aged, upper middle class professionals, bright, perceived, and quite often completely clueless when counted.
Sittenfeld, with its razorous, often hilarious zingers, is a formidable dinner party guest himself. Here is the droll way she begins "Gender Studies", the opening story:
"Nell and Henry always said they should wait until marriage was legal to everyone in America, and now that's the case – it's August 2015 – but earlier this week Henry raised his PhD student Bridget. "
USA TODAY says ★ ★ ★ ½ of four. "A witty, breezy, zeitgeist-y collection … very funny."
Paul Simon: Life by Robert Hilburn; Simon & Schuster, 448 p. non-fiction
As a singer / songwriter Paul Simon, this month starts on a "farewell" concert, formerly Los Angeles Times pop critic Robert Hilburn delivers a current biography.
USA TODAY says ★★ ★★. "A straight shooter tour de force… Hilburn does thorough justice to the American Prophet and the pop star."
Love and Ruin by Paula McLain; Ballantin, 376 pp .; fiction
The author of the best-selling novel Paris wife returns to Ernest Hemingway as a subject in this historical novel and explores the author's turbulent marriage with her third wife, war correspondent Martha Gellhorn.
USA today says ★ ★ ★. McLain "captures the passion Gellhorn and Hemingway feel for each other."
Restoration: Intoxication and its aftermath by Leslie Jamison; Small, Brown, 534 p. Non-fiction
In this unusual "redemption memoir", Jamison (19459024) Empathy Exam's ) bounces between his own story of sobriety and the stories of others who have struggled with alcohol and mental illness.
USA Today says ★ ★ ★ ½. "Absolutely original … At the end of this wonderful book, we discover that the author has really been different: she is sober, successful and happy."
West Winging It by Pat Cunnane; Gallery Books, 310 p. Non-fiction
Cunnane, a leading author of the Obama administration, reminds of Halcyon Days in the White House, more like hanging in the author's room on The Simpsons or Late Night With David Letterman .
USA TODAY says ★★★. "Has the nice, sunny atmosphere of a period that ended less than two years ago but seems like another century."
Contributing reviewer: Jocelyn McClurg, Matt Damsker, Matt McCarthy, Ray Locker
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