William Deresiewicz is an essayist, book critic, and the author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, forthcoming in August. [more]

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Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life comes out August 19 from Free Press. Click to read more and pre-order.

A piece in The New Republic on The Triple Package, the latest book from Amy Chua (Tiger Mom) and her husband, Jed Rubenfeld.

A piece in The Nation on the great contemporary Russian writer Ludmilla Petrushevskaya.

  • Here Comes the Jane Again

A Jane Austen Education is out in paperback. Buy buttons below; more info here. 

"sharp, endearingly self-effacing…a profound truth lies embedded in Deresiewicz’s witty account of his early animosity…a shrewd critic of Austen’s work."

 --New York Times Book Review

"I must curb myself from gushing for fear of losing my credibility....How William Deresiewicz came to evolve into an enlightened Y-chromosome is one heck of a great story....Part literary criticism, part personal memoir and a lot of Austen doctrine, his prose is open, engaging and very humorous....We love this book, and not just because it has the best cover we have seen in years...We were truly agog and enchanted with every word."


"Seeing a favorite critic expound at length on a favorite author is an undersung form of literary pleasure--as close as you can get to reading two great writers at the same time...Like Austen, Deresiewicz is lucid, principled and knows how to think as well as how to feel, without ever sacrificing one to the other...a delightful and enlightening book..."


"I finished the book with two strong impulses: One, to immediately reread everything Jane Austen wrote, with Deresiewicz's book at my side, and two, to invite Deresiewicz over for more Austen talk."

--Associated Press



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