No Time To Spare: Thinking About What Matters

Houghton Harcourt. Dec. 2017. 240p. ISBN 9781328661593. $22; ebk. ISBN 9781328661036. LIT
Le Guin, whose accolades include a National Book Award and five Hugo Awards, loves libraries for all the right reasons, and libraries love her back in equal measure. Since 2010, the distinguished novelist has expanded her literary repertoire by maintaining a personal blog, much to the enjoyment of her fans. Thoughtfully selected and neatly compiled here, Le Guin's entries provide pithy musings on old age, American politics, cat ownership, and being an author, among other topics. Throughout the collection, she makes the reader smile with her acerbic wit and poignant observations. Although without an intended direction or objective, the overall intimacy of the writings put readers in the same room with Le Guin, where she repeatedly provides valuable life lessons that have been slowly amassed over time and through experience.
VERDICT If you love the imaginary worlds Le Guin has taken us to over the decades, this book will make you feel more connected to the author as a person. [See Prepub Alert, 6/12/17.]

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