The Informed Air: EssaysBy Muriel Spark(New Directions, 352 pages, $24.95) How do you do it?” asked Evelyn Waugh in a letter to Muriel Spark. He had just finished reading The Bachelors, her fifth novel, and was “dazzled” by it. “Most novelists find there is one kind of book they can write (particularly humorous novelists) and […]
Lydia Sherwood is a librarian living in Alexandria, Virginia.
Candy: A Century of Panic and PleasureBy Samira KawashFaber, 416 pages, $27 I love candy. Last year I turned 21 and had my fun, but any pleasure gained from legal drink pales in comparison with the thrill I felt at 14; employed at a local butcher’s and deli, I would take my little paychecks and […]
The Art of Sleeping Alone: Why One French Woman Suddenly Gave Up SexBy Sophie Fontanel(Scribner, 160 pages, $22) When I was handed Sophie Fontanel’s award-winning memoir The Art of Sleeping Alone: Why One French Woman Suddenly Gave Up Sex, I flipped to the first full page of text and looked for a laugh. Here, after all, […]