Pamela Paul

Johanna Lawshea

Pamela Paul is the editor of the New York Times Book Review and the author of Parenting, Inc., Pornified, and The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony. Prior to joining the Times, Paul was a contributor to Time magazine and the Economist. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, and Vogue. In By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from the New York Times Book Review (Henry Holt and Co.) sixty-five of the world’s leading writers open up about the books and authors that have meant the most to them. Every Sunday, readers of the New York Times Book Review turn with anticipation to see which novelist, historian, short story writer, or artist will be the subject of the popular By the Book feature. This collection contains full, uncut interviews, featuring personalities as varied as David Sedaris, Hilary Mantel, Michael Chabon, Khaled Hosseini, Anne Lamott, and James Patterson. It also features dozens of sidebars that reveal the commonalities and conflicts among the participants, underscoring those influences that are truly universal and those that remain matters of individual taste.