by Erica Wagner
“I was a frightened little boy,” Andrew Solomon writes in this wonderful collection of essays. You would not guess it from reading the tales collected in this satisfying fat volume. If there is one quality that binds the book’s contents it is the author’s fearlessness… What is striking about him as an author is his willingness, always, to learn. He knows that however much research he may have done about a place, he may never quite understand it: we stand at his shoulder, always hoping, as he dows, to learn more.
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