Gail Pool


Gail Pool is a writer whose essays, book columns, and reviews have appeared in many newspapers and magazines. Her past work includes editing an arts magazine (which is still thriving), many years teaching Writing for Publication, and writing about travel. Born in New York City, she now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and winters in Sanibel, Florida, where, when she isn't writing, she spends her time reading, gardening, and observing the magnificent wildlife.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New York City, on E. 11th St. My neighborhood wasn't chic then--it was the Lower East Side, not the East Village. But Greenwich Village, with its bookstores, coffee shops, and writers was close, and I wanted to be part of that literary world from early on.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was very young--some not-very-good poems that got a bit better by high school, where I edited the literary magazine. I knew early on that I wanted to be a writer, but then I wanted to be a lot of things--a psychiatrist, too, as I remember--but writing was the work I never abandoned.
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Where to find Gail Pool online


Faint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in America
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,240. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Books & Reading
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.
Lost Among the Baining: Adventure, Marriage, and Other Fieldwork
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 79,780. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
In this wry travel memoir, a fiasco of an anthropological field trip leaves the writer and her husband haunted by the Baining of New Guinea, a people who upend Western theories as well as the couple's young lives. Years later, they return to the jungle to make peace with this very different culture and their youthful past.

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