Buy This Book: A Writer's Eye: Collected Book Reviews by Eudora Welty
From the University Press of Mississippi, a collection of Eudora Welty's book reviews which I whipped onto my Kindle recently in hopes of educating myself on how to review books. Welty's intelligent, compassionate, funny, and insightful reviews appeared in the NYT Review of Books, the NY Post, Sewanee Review, and other publications between 1942 and 1984. Just thinking about the tectonic shifts in literature and American culture during those four decades is kind of mind-boggling. Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Colette, Isak Dinesen, E. B. White, E. M. Forster, J. D. Salinger, Annie Dillard -- the list goes on. Check it out.