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What the hype?! Am I upset or disappointed about the current read? Could be both. I usually have a pretty good sense of what books I’d like to read. This one has really caught me by surprise, in a not so remarkable way. The title and its subject matter appeal to me tremendously, but after the first twenty or so pages, the book is not what I expect of it to be. More to my astonishment, critics from New York Journal of Books, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and even Oprah endorse this book. I’m beyond speech at this collusion in pushing a book that is no more than mishmash of anecdotes that refuse to fuse into some coherent narrative with substance. New York. Manhattan. Writers. Cocktails. All the ingredients are perfect for a literary feast except they don’t deliver. Also, there was little sense of what it was like to work in the offices that the title must have suggested. I just don’t find this author’s story, as she writes it, very compelling. I’m not naming name until I finish, hopefully I’ll finish. I think I’m more upset that the media deceives readers about the book.


2 Responses

  1. Now I’m so curious!

    But don’t you think that book recs are so incredibly subjective? I find reading blogs that often bloggers I know and trust feel very differently about a book than I do.

  2. The fact is once one ‘big’ institution or entity has endorsed a book, others find it reluctant to counter it, as it would require giving a firm and in-depth analyses. Most of the reviewers hardly read it in that manner and so the mantra is created as to how good a book is. And the Oprahic acceptance, should have raised your head, somewhat.

    I’ve been deceived several times, sometimes including books considered to be ‘classics’.

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