Jonathan Yardley


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Jonathan Yardley is a book critic, journalist, and biographer, and the recipient of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

From 1981 to 2014, he was chief book critic for the Washington Post, where he combined scathingly frank reviews with an appreciation for new talent. He championed the early careers of Michael Chabon, Edward P. Jones, and Anne Tyler, among others.

In addition to biographies of Ring Lardner and Frederick Exley, Yardley published Our Kind of People: The Story of an American Family , a wry memoir about his WASP parents. Second Reading , his most recent book, collects the series of Post columns in which he reconsidered notable or neglected books from the past.
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Second Reading: Notable and...

3.95 avg rating — 128 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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Misfit: The Strange Life of...

3.63 avg rating — 122 ratings — published 1997 — 3 editions
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Ring

4.13 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 1977 — 3 editions
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Our Kind of People: The Sto...

3.83 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1989
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States of Mind: A Personal ...

3.80 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1993
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Out of Step: Notes from a P...

3.20 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1991 — 2 editions
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Monday Morning Quarterback

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Penrod

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The Man Within

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Selected Stories

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