One-Minute Book Reviews

June 25, 2009

Backscratching in Our Time – Stephen McCauley and Elinor Lipman

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The latest in an occasional series of posts on authors who praise each other’s books

Stephen McCauley on Elinor Lipman’s The Family Man:

“Elinor Lipman’s patented blend of wit, whimsy, and love for her characters makes every sentence of The Family Man shine. The book is a delightful Manhattan romp that offers 300 pages of pure reading pleasure.”

Elinor Lipman on Stephen McCauley’s Alternatives to Sex:
Alternatives to Sex is my favorite of Stephen McCauley’s wonderful novels. This is genius at work, but genius of the best, most readable kind: witty, lovable, and so amazingly smart about love in many forms — about friendship, about marriage, about real estate.”

The “Backscratching in Our Time” archives have other examples of well-known authors who blurb each other’s books. Do you you know of writers should be included in this series? If so, you can nominate them by sending an e-message to the address on the “Contact” page for this site.


  1. As an undergraduate, wannabe published novelist who knows absolutely no one who has been published or any of those little literati cliques mostly based in New York, I’m a little scared. lol, tell me, do you think anyone who isn’t part of this world has a chance at much publicity?

    Comment by R. Prince — June 25, 2009 @ 10:55 pm | Reply

    • Sure you do. Have you noticed that some books are now coming out with pages of “reader reviews” before the title page or on the back cover?

      “Reader reviews” could come from anybody — your friends, classmates, neighbors, librarian. After you’ve finished a novel, get as many of them as you can to give you quotes so that the publisher can use them if Philip Roth or Joyce Carol Oates isn’t available. Something is always better than nothing.

      Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — June 25, 2009 @ 11:33 pm | Reply

  2. I haven’t noticed that in books yet but that is a great idea. I’ll be sure to do that. Thanks for the info!

    Comment by R. Prince — June 26, 2009 @ 12:31 am | Reply

  3. Thanks again!

    Comment by R. Prince — June 26, 2009 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

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