Thursday, July 21, 2016

By the Book: Megan Abbott

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/24/books/review/megan-abbott-by-the-book.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Fby-the-book&action=click&contentCollection=review&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection

16 comments:

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I always read - and usually enjoy - those By the Book segments in the Times, but Megan's was one of the most interesting in a long time. I'm looking forward to her book.

pattinase (abbott) said...

It's my favorite of her books.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Also, it may not all appear. Apparently they usually have to cut it down. That's why I posted it in its entirety here.

Charles Gramlich said...

She's much better read than I am. I was never able to handle true crime. Too horrific for me.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Her Ph.D. is in literature. Yours in psychology. If you saw her walk home from the subway, you would see how fearless she is. To my horror.

Richard Robinson said...

Fascinating.

George said...

Great book choices! Megan has great taste in books. I'm sure that came about under the influence of you and Phil!

Anonymous said...

And a shout-out to Mom and Dad! I can't imagine how proud you must be feeling!

The Robert Kolker book, LOST GIRLS, that she recommended for the president to read was one of the best books I've read in the last few years. A terribly sad book about the toll broken marriages, low income, limited education, casual drug use, and the commodification of sex take on the working class, especially women.

--Deb

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

HELTER SKELTER freaked me out in my 20s. Forget about reading it at 10.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Of course that was a big story here, Deb, being on Long Island.

seana graham said...

What a generous shoutout that was to her fellow writers that was! And so diplomatic about the book she hadn't liked. And I appreciated adding some titles to my TBR pile.

Also, a nice nod to her parents and their fostering of her reading tastes. Good work!

pattinase (abbott) said...

She's a good 'un. Nobody works harder than she does.

Margot Kinberg said...

Megan is fantastic! And so are her parents.

Mathew Paust said...

Mrs. A, you have a brilliant daughter!

pattinase (abbott) said...

When she made in from K to her Ph.D with all As, I still never expected this.

Mathew Paust said...

There are those who would ask, naturally, if she's a product of nature or nurture. Your surprise indicates a concert of both.