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Sarah Watson

Sarah Watson is a Chicago-based freelance writer and book critic.


Tuesday, November 6 2012

How Should a Family Eat? 'The Middlesteins'

In this expert blend of grit, intelligence, humor, and heart, there's something very "ABC Family" about Benny and Rachelle's household, along with the grim reality and necessary criticism of the modern family.

Sunday, September 30 2012

An Astronaut Loses it All in 'The Infinite Tides'

The ambition of The Infinite Tides is awesome, the language is poetic, and the premise is at once romantic, terrifying, and ultimately life-affirming. But the book has its limitations.

Sunday, September 23 2012

'My Heart Is an Idiot' Celebrates Love, Solidarity, and Adventure

Davy Rothbart writes about losing at love, yes, but he models the adventurous life with aplomb, traveling through small, dusty towns with an open mind and heart, meeting diverse souls and collecting unbelievable stories along the way. This is one terrific memoir.

Sunday, August 5 2012

'Occupy' is Passionate, but Not Pragmatic

Occupy identifies plenty of problems, but it doesn’t help protesters clarify their mission, and that's what's really needed.

Monday, July 30 2012

Fancy Parties, Typing and Dog Walking: 'The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker'

The Receptionist is Janet Groth's frank, personal memoir that happens to include details about The New Yorker. Readers should adjust expectations accordingly.


Thursday, May 10 2012

Maurice Sendak and the Middle School Wild Things

This kid in my class was only 11, but there was a sort of world-weariness about him. Life was tough. Where the Wild Things Are reminded him of his former innocence, even as it spoke to his inner fierceness.

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