PositiveLibrary Journal... [a] well-balanced volume ... John McPhee’s \'Draft #4\' is a must-read about the importance of writing and rewriting ... Recommended for libraries that have the first two volumes and for libraries where essays are popular.
Ed. by John Freeman
PositiveLibrary JournalFreeman’s excellent introduction to this new anthology of modern short stories will be useful to readers who are unfamiliar with the format; for students of the short story, it’s a refreshing overview ... He sets out to cull stories that demonstrate tumult, expansion, sexual freedom, suburbanization, growth, and wealth; he’s also tracking the high points of the development of the short story ... This anthology sets itself apart by providing an inclusive starting point for readers interested in discovering the power of the short story; it is golden for those who already recognize that power.
RaveLibrary JournalReaders who enjoy thoughtful writing will appreciate this collection of previously published essays ... These works are strongest when the Canadian-born writer, who grew up in Los Angeles and now lives and works in the UK, focuses on family: marriage, separation, parenting, adolescence, and home ... These 17 essays are sassy, honest, and memorable. Readers will come away with numerous \'aha\' moments.