Faint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in America

Faint Praise, published in 2007, remains the only book to provide an in-depth analysis of traditional book reviewing in America. Exploring issues from publicity to bias, contrasting traditional reviewing with new alternatives, and weighing the inherent difficulties of reviewing against unacceptable practices, the book helps readers and authors to understand the field, and reviewers to improve it. More

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About Gail Pool

I never thought I would write a memoir--I've seldom written about myself at all--but my most recent book, Lost Among the Baining: Adventure, Marriage, and Other Fieldwork, is definitely a memoir. It is also a travel book, and it is very much a love story.

The book looks back with wry humor on two life-changing journeys. The first, a field trip I took with my husband to live with the Baining people of Papua New Guinea, was a fiasco that haunted us for years. The second, our redemptive return to the Baining forty years on, gave our story a whole new ending.

Reviewers have called the book "provocative," "inspiring," "compulsively readable," and "laugh-out-loud funny."

My essays, columns, and book reviews have appeared in many publications, and my previous books are: Faint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in America, and Other People's Mail: An Anthology of Letter Stories. I have recently completed a chapbook: An Anorexic's Alphabet.

I was born in New York City, I attended Hunter College High School, and I concentrated in Classics at Harvard. I now live with my husband in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in Sanibel, Florida, where--when I'm not writing--I spend my time reading, gardening, and observing the magnificent wildlife.

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