Strides: Running Through History With an Unlikely Athlete (Rodale Books; 2007)


Selling Ben Cheever: Back to Square One in a Service Economy (Bloomsbury USA; 2002)


The Letters of John Cheever (Simon & Schuster; November 1988)

General Note
« Click on each of these book titles to get my take on the book, or at least a short passage from the book.

When blurbing one’s books, it is customary to reprint the blurbs of other writers whose arms may have been twisted, or to quote critics, who—for whatever reason—admired a book at the moment of publication. Instead I thought I’d retype some passages. Let you decide for yourself. Radical idea?

Of course retyping made me itch to edit and maybe re-write, but then isn’t this a little like chess: once you’ve taken your hand off the bishop, you’re supposed to live with the consequences. So I’ve resisted, except in the introduction to The Letters of John Cheever. Here I cut deeply. I wanted to get quickly past my own angst and give at least a glimpse of the letters.