Books by Joan Acocella

Joan B Acocella nee Ross is an American journalist who is dance critic for The New Yorker. She has written several books on dance, literature, and psychology. Acocella received her B.A. in English in 1966 from the University of California, Berkeley. She


NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"Tight, intriguing and astute: Acocella is a critic with staying power."
A hefty collection of profiles and essays centered around the question of what allows genius to flower in the face of often gargantuan difficulties. Read full book review >
THE DIARY OF VASLAV NIJINSKY by Joan Acocella
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"For anyone who has been seduced by Nijinsky's legend, a sad but indispensable document."
At last, the deletions made by the great dancer's wife regarding his relationship with Serge Diaghilev have been restored to this tragic diary. Read full book review >
MARK MORRIS by Joan Acocella
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"By throwing a clear light on both the man and his gift, she endears Morris to us, allows us to respect him more, and gives us a greater understanding of both him and his art. (Forty-plus photos—not seen)"
Choreographer Mark Morris always elicits extreme reactions in audiences—but even those who hate, or are baffled by, his work can't deny that he's one of the most important creative figures in dance. Read full book review >