Freddy and Fredericka, by Mark Helprin. The Penguin Press, 553
do you go, after 58 years of life, when you’ve graduated from Harvard and
Oxford, written four critically adored novels and three story collections—not
to mention three children’s books—won the Prix de Rome, been called a literary
Oh the Glory of It All, by Sean Wilsey. The Penguin Press, 482 pages, $25.95.
Sean Wilsey had a lousy childhood, which is a shame. Then, when his father died, his stepmother inherited a considerable fortune, part of which might otherwise have gone to Sean, who got nothing, which is also a shame. Before you Read More
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, by Ruth Reichl. The Penguin Press, 333 pages, $24.95.
In Ruth Reichl’s first memoir, Tender at the Bone (1998), about her peculiar childhood, food was love. In her second, Comfort Me with Apples (2001), which covered her coming-of-age as a writer and a woman, Read More
Poor Ann Godoff, she can’t win for losing. When the veteran editor was fired as president of Random House last January, she was both hailed and reviled for being tough, for being independent, for spending too much money while at the same time being too “literary.” A quiet period followed, during which Ms. Godoff and Read More
Why Is Ann Godoff
Diving on Penguin?
It’s a Lovely Match
Not since 1999, when Tina Brown dumped Condé Nast for a little adventure called Talk , has there been so much buzz about the comings and goings of a middle-aged media personage. But for the past two weeks, the only thing people in Read More