Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays

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Penguin, Nov 12, 2009 - Literary Collections - 320 pages
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"[These essays] reflect a lively, unselfconscious, rigorous, erudite, and earnestly open mind that's busy refining its view of life, literature, and a great deal in between." --Los Angeles Times

Split into five sections--Reading, Being, Seeing, Feeling, and Remembering--Changing My Mind finds Zadie Smith casting an acute eye over material both personal and cultural. This engaging collection of essays, some published here for the first time, reveals Smith as a passionate and precise essayist, equally at home in the world of great books and bad movies, family and philosophy, British comedians and Italian divas. Whether writing on Katherine Hepburn, Kafka, Anna Magnani, or Zora Neale Hurston, she brings deft care to the art of criticism with a style both sympathetic and insightful. Changing My Mind is journalism at its most expansive, intelligent, and funny--a gift to readers and writers both.

Zadie Smith’s newest novel, Swing Time, will be published by Penguin Press in November 2016.


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User Review  - lisapeet - LibraryThing

My idea of escapist reading these days is something that requires my attention and engages me all the way, so I'm on a nonfiction kick—which is probably working too well, because I'm having trouble ... Read full review

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User Review  - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing

Interesting, but so much of it was so trivial. Honestly, Zadie Smith is an amazing writer, but I still don't care what she thought about Memoirs of a Geisha. Read full review

Contents

WHAT DOES SOULFUL
Three MIDDLEMARCH AND EVERYBODY
Five F KAFKA EVERYMAN
Seven THAT CRAFTY FEELING
Nine SPEAKING IN TONGUES
Ten HEPBURN AND GARBO
Twelve AT THE MULTIPLEX 2006
Thirteen TEN NOTES ON OSCAR WEEKEND
Fifteen ACCIDENTAL HERO
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About the author (2009)

Zadie Smith was born in Northwest London in 1975 and still lives in the area. She is the author of White TeethThe Autograph ManOn Beauty, Changing My Mind, NW, and most recently, Swing Time.


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