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Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit Hardcover – Nov 29 2011

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (Nov. 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618721940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618721948
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #970,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While Epstein's ruminations on how we became a nation of gawkers ring painfully true, it is his willingness to analyze delectable tidbits regarding authors, intellectuals and other luminaries that enlivens the narrative… Amusing and serious in equal measures, Epstein grants readers the pleasurable company of a master observer of humanity's foibles ."
- Kirkus, starred

" Delectable firsthad anecdotes and portraits… add to the pleasures of this serious appraisal. Readers who share Epstein's concern about gossip's power 'to invade privacy, to wreck lives' and his reluctance to wholly condemn it 'because I enjoy it too much' will find him disquieting and delightful ."
- Publishers Weekly

"[Epstein has] a literary tone that makes you think of venerable Manhattan editors with mid-Atlantic accents… like a good stand-up comedian (or a discoverer), he inspires confidence [in his writing]." - Wall Street Journal "

About the Author

JOSEPH EPSTEIN is the author of the best-selling Snobbery and of Friendship, among other books, and was formerly editor of the American Scholar . His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, and other magazines. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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