In his collection of essays, memoirs and poetry, ``Lopate captures nicely the flavor of urban life among the young, single and gifted,'' wrote PW . These pieces, ``by turns funny, sad and moving,'' range from recollections of childhood to laments over the ``quiche blight'' on Manhattan's Columbus Avenue. (May)
Philip Lopate is the author of Against Joie de Vivre, Bachelorhood, The Rug Merchant, Being with Children, and Confessions of Summer. A recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, his works have appeared in Best American Essays, The Paris Review, Pushcart Prize annuals, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is Adams Professor of English at Hofstra University.