REVIEW: CARELESS PEOPLE by Sarah Churchwell

This is a must-read for any Gatsby enthusiast, English lit student, or lover of the Jazz Age.  Churchwell carefully pieces together very specific events in the Fitzgeralds’ lives and relates them to Scott’s most famous work, The Great Gatsby.  These are not wild hunches or bizarre theories.  She draws from scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, letters from friends,…

REVIEW: APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA by John O’Hara

Flavorwire named it one of the ten books to read “While You’re Waiting for The Great Gatsby to Come Out.”  Fran Lebowitz said John O’Hara is the “real F. Scott Fitzgerald.”  So what’s with all the praise?  This was O’Hara’s first novel (published in 1934), but he also wrote BUtterfield 8 (made into a film…

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