Books by Mary McCarthy

A CLOSER LOOK by Mary McCarthy
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Add this to Barbara Lehman's The Red Book (2004) and Istvan Banyai's Zoom (1995) for a captivating concept study in the art room, the science lab or for a lesson in visual literacy. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Often, we have to step back to see the bigger picture: Step back from a single black spot to see that indeed it is only one of a pair upon a ladybug's back. Read full book review >
INTELLECTUAL MEMOIRS by Mary McCarthy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 1992

"A small gem, viewing an era of deep political and personal engagement with no tears and a brave heart."
For all its final aborted promise, this slender sequel to How I Grew (1987), left unfinished at McCarthy's death in 1989, vibrates with the wicked wit and moral astringency that made the author a giant of American belles-lettres. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 6, 1977

"And these explorations of the life of mind perfectly exemplify the vigorous life that she praises—most pertinently and accessibly in Volume One."
This book may sound forbidding, but do not be dissuaded, for it is a majestic work of deep humility and earnestness, and radiant imagination. Read full book review >
THE GROUP by Mary McCarthy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 1963

"Succès de scandale AND succès d'estime, it's an irresistible combination."
Out of the grove of academe (Vassar-'31) into the big world comes the group, with their unassailable self-assurance: they had gone to the very best college (well, Vassar was better than Smith or Wellesley); they had some ennobling notions about being enlightened and interested in higher things; and they had had a very liberal education although in one area it proves to be a little patchy (in spite of stealthy readings in Krafft Ebbing and what the doctors at Vassar had told them)....This is the book which has aroused considerable advance speculation and well it might; it has a tremendous reader recognition (for a few—mottled with indignation) and there cannot be much doubt that Mary McCarthy is an exceptional social satirist, with a jackdaw eye and an infallible ear. Read full book review >