Monday, November 15, 2010

Did She Really Like the Book?

There's a review in the New York Times of Laura Hillenbrand's lastest, work, Unbroken, her first book since Seabiscuit.

I write a fair amount of book reviews, for Kirkus and for ForeWord/Clarion, and for The Internet Review of Books, but put a gun to my head, I would not claim to be anywhere in Janet Maslin's class, but this review struck me as ... well, if I were a psychologist, I'd call it "passive aggressive."

Quite a trick it is to use the author's strengths against the person. Or maybe I have a chip on my shoulder.

Is Maslin's review of Hillenbrand's latest work a fair review?

As for me, my latest, The Adults by Alison Espach, is up at Kirkus Reviews.
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