The best books I read this year, both new and old

Worth Reading | December 20th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore I offer the following observations in the hope that you may find something here that will bring you pleasure in your next reading year. The single best book I read, superb in every way, was Tara Westover’s “Educated” (2018). A memoir, it follows a tyrannized girl through her childhood and teen years […]

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How I failed to read 100 books this year

Enemies of Reading | December 20th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore Back in 2007, I pitched my editor, Pete Mazzaccaro, on the idea that I’d like to document my attempt to read 100 books that year. One hundred is a golden round number. It sounds large and it speaks to a person’s desire for self-improvement. It also implies a kind of muscular dedication […]

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What is a reviewer’s responsibility? A pesky question provoked by ‘The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator’

Enemies of Reading | October 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore To whom should book or arts reviewers answer? Their editors? The readers of their column? The authors/artists? Perhaps the paying public?] All week long I’ve anticipated writing, “This is a god-awful book I had to force myself to keep reading even though it has lots of interesting facts about mosquitoes.” So, there, […]

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