Search Results: "Joseph Epstein"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"A cogent and satisfying primer on the mind of the perspicacious Gallic theorist who discerned a new form of government in America."
Essayist Epstein (Friendship, 2006, etc.) presents his take on America's most quoted, least vexing Frenchman in this latest addition to the Eminent Lives series. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1993 by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 3, 1993

"A solid collection of 22 essays that, for the most part, draw us into the quietly entertaining pleasure of contemplating what makes humans tick."
``The style of the essayist is that of an extremely intelligent, highly commonsensical person talking, without stammer and with impressive coherence, to him- or herself and to anyone else who cares to eavesdrop,'' writes essayist Epstein in his introduction to this satisfying eighth volume of the annual series. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 6, 2007

"Anyone who quotes Bialystock instead of Derrida is our kind of guy. Who says fun has to be brainless?"
Having recently become a deliberative septuagenarian, prolific commentator Epstein (Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy's Guide, 2006, etc.) gathers another profusion of personal essays. Read full book review >

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WITH MY TROUSERS ROLLED by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 1995

"Good taste, common sense, gentle skepticism: the perfect combination for a light essayist."
Epstein's (Pertinent Players, 1993, etc.) fifth collection of familiar essays, all drawn from his quarterly column in the magazine he edits (The American Scholar), maintains his high standards of honesty and amiability. Read full book review >

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FABULOUS SMALL JEWS by Joseph Epstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2003

"A mixed second collection (after The Goldin Boys, 1991), but, on the whole, Epstein's most successful foray into fiction yet."
Literary influence suffuses, and intermittently cramps, the 17 nonetheless very readable stories from the former American Scholar editor and cultural critic (Snobbery, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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ENVY by Joseph Epstein
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Strangely comforting in its reassurance that the reader is not alone in being a petty SOB."
Career essayist Epstein wields a nimble pen in this consideration of the "most pervasive" mortal sin. Read full book review >

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A LITERARY EDUCATION AND OTHER ESSAYS by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2014

"Lots of erudition and bloody (right-ish) fun."
A curmudgeonly cultural critic collects a potpourri of his pieces from the past 30 years, most from Commentary and the Weekly Standard. Read full book review >

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WIND SPRINTS by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 7, 2016

"Another subtitle might have been Healthful Snacks, for these bite-size pieces are both enjoyable to ingest and good for you."
A master of the essay form returns with a collection of brief pieces spanning nearly 20 years, 1996 to 2015. Read full book review >

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NARCISSUS LEAVES THE POOL by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 14, 1999

"Vintage Epstein, for those who don—t mind a faint bouquet of self-absorption."
The latest collection of quasi-autobiographical "familiar essays" by Epstein (Pertinent Players: Essays on the Literary Life, 1993, etc.) offers the pleasures of smart faculty-party conversation. Read full book review >

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SNOBBERY by Joseph Epstein
NON-FICTION
Released: July 9, 2002

"By a snob, of snobs, and for snobs: a nice example of the art of the essay."
Clever, prolific Epstein (Narcissus Leaves the Pool, 1999, etc.) turns his wit to the pernicious, universal failing previously addressed by such worthies as Edith Wharton, Tom Wolfe, Russell Lynes, and even Father Mencken, among countless others. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Life Sentences, however unexpectedly and puzzlingly lenient or harsh, at least shows that literature is worth arguing over, and it reminds us that there is much in it to profitably argue about."
Epstein (Pertinent Players, 1993, etc.) delivers literary appreciations and depreciations of an eclectic set of members of the Republic of Letters. Read full book review >

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GOSSIP by Joseph Epstein
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Amusing and serious in equal measures, Epstein grants readers the pleasurable company of a master observer of humanity's foibles."
The celebrated essayist anatomizes our sociocultural obsession with gossip, delineating the ways that it can bring people together as well as tear them apart. Read full book review >