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Near-Death Experiences . . . and Others

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A new collection of immersive essays from the most acclaimed editor of the second half of the twentieth century

This new collection from the legendary editor Robert Gottlieb features twenty or so pieces he's written mostly for The New York Review of Books, ranging from reconsiderations of American writers such as Dorothy Parker, Thornton Wilder, Thomas Wolfe ("genius"), and
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Farrar Straus and Giroux
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Melinda M
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Near-Death Experiences . . . and Others by Robert Gottlieb is a collection of articles from features he's written mostly for The New York Review of Books. It is an interesting collection that keeps your attention. It is well written.

I received a copy thru a Goodreads Giveaway.
Olga Vannucci
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ethel Merman, Toscanini,
singers, writers, ballerinas...
Mary Hlavacka
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The articles were all very interesting and made me wish I had at least some prior knowledge of all the classic people Gottlieb wrote about. The book was well organized into categories of relevance and the style of writing was professional yet also conversational which made the essays fun to read, especially the ones that are critiques on various ballets.

Thanks for the Goodreads giveaway!
Mary
Dec 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
I thought this would be a book about near death experiences and stories from people who've experienced them. It wasn't that at all. This was a collection of writings from Robert Gottlieb, and the cover could have done a much better job of stating this.
Joann
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed all the mini stories brought back memories of those people featured in the book.
Tina
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is a very good read. It is a book of reviews the author has written of books and he also gives some info on the author. It was a very enjoyable read I highly recommend.
Stephanie Meyers Helms
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I won a copy of this essay collection via Goodreads Giveaway. I haven’t finished it. I think I can offer a review despite that admission.

This is not the book I thought it was. And I don’t find it a book to sit down and read cover to cover.

The essays are fascinating and so.well.written. Mr. Gottlieb’s mastery of the English language and the written word are immediately obvious. I think this collection is best digested in small pieces because each essay has such depth and is truly thought-provoki
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Sarah
Mar 13, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
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I got to page 152 some time ago and then ran out of steam. I have so many books on the go I'm going to pack this one in and return it to the library. What I read was interesting but I just don't feel compelled to finish it. The title essay, "Near-Death Experiences," was why I borrowed the book in the first place, and it was interesting. I also enjoyed the essay about Wilkie Collins, "The Sensationalist," and "In the Mood for Love," about romance novels today. Also interesting in a grim way was a ...more
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Robert Gottlieb has been the editor in chief of Alfred A. Knopf and The New Yorker. He is the author of Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhard, George Balanchine: The Ballet Maker, Lives and Letters (FSG, 2011), and Great Expectations and is the dance critic for The New York Observer.

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