Pamela Paul




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Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and the author of Parenting, Inc., Pornified, and The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony. Prior to joining the Times, Paul was a contributor to Time magazine and The Economist, and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Vogue. She and her family live in New York.


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Pamela Paul I am constantly surprised by the answers! Nobody has confessed yet to New Adult, but the two time Man Booker Prize-winner, Hilary Mantel, is a big…moreI am constantly surprised by the answers! Nobody has confessed yet to New Adult, but the two time Man Booker Prize-winner, Hilary Mantel, is a big self-help reader. "I'm a self-help queen," she said, "dedicated to continuous improvement." I probably should have known better, but I was delighted by how literary Sting's tastes are and how all-around funny and likable Emma Thompson is. I was also heartened by how many writers have trouble with Joyce's "Ulysses."(less)
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 353 ratings — published 2008 — 5 editions
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 380 ratings — published 2005 — 5 editions
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“Tillie Olsen. James Joyce. Robert Stone. I must have read Updike’s Rabbit, Run five times and Bellow’s Herzog”
Pamela Paul, By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review

“Jincy Willett, Sam Lipsyte, Flannery O’Connor, and George Saunders. Oh, and I love Paul Rudnick in The New Yorker.”
Pamela Paul, By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review

“Tiger, Tiger, by Margaux Fragoso.”
Pamela Paul, By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review




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