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December 13, 2011


Mrs. Nixon

The New York Times reviews Mrs. Nixon by Ann Beattie.

"It turns out, however, that Ms. Beattie isn't really much interested in Mrs. Nixon or her life in the White House or her more than five-decade-long marriage. Rather, she's interested in deconstructing this famously opaque former first lady as a sort of literary exercise -- to test her own skills as a writer, and to find an excuse to blather on (and on and on) about her own ideas about fiction writing, about women and about the interface between life and art."

The review concludes saying it's a "preposterous book, which manages the reductive feat of turning a human being into a paper doll, dressed up in the author's own condescending imaginings."

Ouch.












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