Lost Among the Baining: Adventure, Marriage, and Other Fieldwork
An inherently fascinating and absorbing read, Lost Among the Baining: Adventure, Marriage, and Other Fieldwork" is a remarkably well written, deftly organized, and impressively presented account from beginning to end.--Midwest Book Review, October 2015.

"Pool's particularly effective management of voice as she describes her lifelong attempt to understand her experience makes this an accomplished work, as does her plumbing of the power of memoir to go where anthropology cannot."--Nancy McCabe, author of From Little Houses to Little Women

Faint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in America
Faint Praise takes a hard look at book reviewing in America. Exploring issues from publicity to bias, contrasting traditional reviewing with new alternatives, and weighing the inherent difficulties of reviewing against unacceptable practices, the book aims to help readers and authors understand the field, and reviewers to improve it.

For a full description of Faint Praise and excerpts from its reviews, please visit my Reviewing Books website.

Other People's Mail: An Anthology of Letter Stories
Other People’s Mail offers 17 modern letter stories, written by an international group of authors that includes Alice Munro, Nadine Gordimer, and Julio Cortazar. Each tale provides a distinct variation on the compelling letter theme: Who, after all, is immune to the seduction of reading other people’s mail?

Selected Works

Travel Memoir
"Loved this book, which appears to be but is more than an account of an anthropological expedition, more than a travel book, more than a memoir."--Barbara Beckwith, author of What Was I Thinking?: Digging Deeper into Everyday Racism, barbarabeckwith.net.
"It is undoubtedly the best written account of, and reflection on, fieldwork I have read, and --perhaps -- the best book on fieldwork (period) I have come across. --Joel Savishinsky, Professor of Anthropology (Emeritus), Ithaca College, author of Trail of the Hare.
“An impressively insightful, deftly written, accessibly articulate, expertly knowledgeable, and decidedly analytical survey of…book reviewing today.”
Midwest Book Review
“Captivating stories in an anthology of epistolary fiction from the last 50 years.”

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