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ZADIE SMITH was born in northwest London in 1975. She is the author of White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, Changing My Mind, and NW.
More than any other essay in the collection, this one puts her dazzling talents on full display.
Anyone who has read her fiction knows that Ms Smith is an engaging, intelligent, and passionate writer, so it seems she should be a natural as an essayist.
Essays about movies, or Hollywood, can be riveting, but Smith has too sharp a mind and, while she seems to like film, isn't a real fan or expert.
This book is confusing and uninteresting. Unless you have read the same obscure literary works referenced in each essay, it does not make sence and is not a good read. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Annie Kroo
As always, brilliant and deeply entertaining. Read it and many of the books it discussed.Published 1 month ago by Steven M. Koes
I ordered this book for my daughter, what makes her happy is the affordability of it and it came on time plus the book is very neat and clean.....thanks guys :)Published 2 months ago by Ma Socorro Harlow
A collection of writings like this, spread across years of composition and categories of content and intent, is bound to be uneven. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lyn Relph
good book with some provocative essays, but my complaint here is with the Kindle edition.
every few pages there is a glaring copy editing problem, seems related to bad... Read more
I had never read any Zadie Smith and bought the book after a review that extolled her exegesis of a David Foster Wallace book, which was brilliant, worth the cost of the book. Read morePublished on September 2, 2012 by Forbes
Colour me disillusioned. I had her pegged as an intellectual-with-a-heart, but her publisher evidently sees her as a cash cow; the apologetic title, and Smith's preface, kind of... Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by Simon Barrett
I'm hesitant to read essays because they often seem very self-indulgent and navel gazing, so I was pleasantly surprised to read Smith. Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by MV
A pleasure to read Zadie Smith's take on things--she is insightful and thoughtful. I read it in fits and starts.Published on April 8, 2011 by N. Forrester