Search Results: "James Wolcott"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CATSITTERS by James Wolcott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

Fans of critic Wolcott, who's written some of the funniest, most penetrating cultural reviews of the last 25 years, will be surprised by this, his first book, a novel that's so milquetoast you have to wonder if it's really by the same James Wolcott, scourge of shabby prose and shoddy thinking. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Forceful nay-saying, buttressed by a few sensible ideas on how to neutralize the nonsense-purveyers."
A bit of an attack dog himself, Vanity Fair cultural critic and novelist Wolcott (The Catsitters, 2001) hoists the gasbags of the mass media on their own petards. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRITICAL MASS by James Wolcott
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"An eclectic collection that reasserts the author's reputation as one of America's most perceptive, candid and humane critics."
A veteran culture critic for Vanity Fair and other publications weighs in and waxes wise on TV, comedians, music, movies, books and writers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Gives the lie to the belief that the '70s contained nothing but disco decadence and self-help solipsism."
Longtime Vanity Fair cultural critic Wolcott (Attack Poodles and Other Media Mutants, 2004, etc.) celebrates the Big Apple as a haven for the writers, artists, musicians and eccentrics who thrived at its core in the 1970s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAMES GANDOLFINI by Dan Bischoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Not the last word but an earnest, endearing homage to an outstanding actor."
A bittersweet biography of an intensely private artist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JENNIEMAE & JAMES by Brooke Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2010

"A low-key, sweet portrait of an unusual friendship. Jenniemae is a scene-stealer, though, and the strongest parts of the memoir focus on her and her community."
A grown daughter remembers her troubled, genius father's endearing friendship with their charismatic maid. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAMES MONROE by Gary Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2005

"A well-written, useful précis of Monroe's life and career."
A nearly forgotten president comes in for soft-spoken tribute, courtesy of one-time U.S. Senator Hart (The Fourth Power, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"In an afterword, Jacobs describes his contact with one of Printer's books, an encounter that only makes this novel more vital. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Jacobs (Sleepers, Wake, 1991) makes clear the tragedy of an artist inhibited by the circumstances of his birth in this unusual historical novel, set during a brutal English-Indian war in 17th-century Massachusetts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Too bad his biographer can't claim the same. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Novick, who previously dissected the life of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAMES JOYCE by Alfonso Zapico
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A solid account of the development of a writer not easy to encapsulate."
A graphic biography of the literary master. Read full book review >