Sunday Evening Book Reviews

Victoria Beale on Alain de Botton’s How to Think More About Sex and Philippa Perry’s How to Stay Sane: “Reading these “How to” guides makes you want to spurn their feeble advice—to hyperventilate over an interior design magazine, quit exercise entirely, or have shameful, dysfunctional sex.” (The New Republic)

Isabel Wilkerson on Ayana Mathis’s The Twelve Tribes of Hattie: “The writing here is lovely, though the book does not follow the documented experiences of those who took part in the Great Migration — women who, unlike Hattie, tended to have far fewer children than their Southern counterparts; men who, unlike the idle men in the novel, actually found work easier to come by during the time when most of the narrative action takes place.” (NYTimes)

Ludovic Hunter-Tilney on George Saunders’ Tenth of December: “Each story is written with an acute ear for the rhythms of everyday life… The tone goes seamlessly from comedy to whimsy to horror.” (Financial Times)

Nancy Fumero on Andrew Choate’s Stingray Clapping: “What may be most rewarding about Stingray Clapping is how clearly the undefined communicates and how often the concretely defined shifts in meaning.” (The Rumpus)

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