Fiction & Nonfiction Reviews.

When I was elementary school, my favorite assignment was writing book reports on those huge pieces of wheat-colored paper (lines on the bottom half, wide-open space on the top half). While my illustrations were not to be trusted (think stick figures in triangle skirts), by the time I had graduated to middle school, I had perfected the art of balancing synopsis and criticism, usually tacking on a brilliant zinger at the end. The formula still works to this day.

Now as a full-time writer and book critic, I still enjoy crafting reviews with just the right blend of plot rundown and mostly friendly critique (though, admittedly, blunt criticism is very necessary). My reviews have been published in print and online in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago TribuneSan Francisco Chronicle, BookforumThe Oregonian, and Publishers Weekly, and others. I’m a member of the National Book Critics Circle and have served as a judge for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards for many years.

A selection of clips and reviews:

The New York Times

 

San Francisco Chronicle

 

Chicago Tribune

 

The Washington Post

 

Bookforum

 

The Oregonian

 

Publishers Weekly (unbylined reviews, just a few of the “stars”)

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