Reading Writing

Book review bugaboos

Some years back, I did quite a bit of book reviewing for January Magazine; I miss that, and am looking forward to doing a small book reviewing project for Publishers Weekly this spring.

This piece by Bob Harris in The New York Times was a painful reminder about some of the hackneyed adjectives book reviewers too often find themselves using. I’ve been able to avoid “poignant” and “eschew.” But I have to admit, when it comes to “intriguing” — guilty!

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