Sammy’s Hill , by Kristin Gore. Miramax Books, 368 pages, $23.95.
This is how Sammy’s Hill came to be: Last spring Harvey Weinstein, the co-head of Miramax Films, ran into Kristin Gore, daughter of the former V.P., at a benefit for a charity Ms. Gore’s older sister, Karenna Gore Schiff, works with. Mr. Weinstein Read More
I Don’t Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother , by Allison Pearson. Alfred A. Knopf, 337 pages, $23.
Bridget Jones has been cloned many times since she landed on these shores in1998.The usual copycat strategy has been to play up her popular appeal: We’ve suffered a blitz of Bridgets, Read More
The Catsitters , by James Wolcott. HarperCollins, 314 pages, $25.
“The Perfectibility of Man! Ah heaven, what a dreary theme! The perfectibility of the Ford car!” That’s D.H. Lawrence launching his wonderfully acid essay on Benjamin Franklin. Fervent belief in the perfectibility of man–these days we call it “self-help”–is one of our more embarrassing national Read More
“Just when you think you’ve mastered the Italian menu, along comes one like this,” said my companion, reading down the list of dishes. “Bitter greens with sapa, elicoidali with cauliflower, tuna belly with guanciale.…”
“It’s Roman food from 2 A.D.,” said our waiter. “There’s a glossary on the back of the menu.”
The glossary Read More
Everything You Know , by Zoë Heller. Alfred A. Knopf, 203 pages, $22.
This is a review of Zoë Heller’s new novel, Everything You Know , but it’s really much more about Bridget Jones, the fat-phobic heroine of Helen Fielding’s 1998 novel, Bridget Jones’s Diary , a book so wondrously smart and funny that it Read More
Bridget Jones’s Diary , by Helen Fielding. Viking, 271 pages, $22.95.
It’s very possible that within a month every American book buyer will know the name of Bridget Jones, a 30-something Londoner whose diary records in hilarious detail a ceaseless search for thinner thighs, inner poise and a nice boyfriend. Bridget is the creation of Read More