Jim Shepard

Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including The Book of Aron; five story collections, including Like You’d Understand, Anyway—a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of The Story Prize—and editor of the anthology Writers at the Movies. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with his wife, three children, and three beagles. He teaches at Williams College.


  • “It’s a pleasure to read Shepard’s graceful prose, and the insights just seem to flow from his pen. [These essays are] vital for precisely the reason that the films they discuss remain vital: they balance entertainment with deeper concerns about morality and society. . . . This collection shows Shepard’s voice to be as essential as ever.”

    Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

  • “Shepard displays a talent for sharp film criticism laced with equally penetrating political insight. . . . Amid the thumbs up or down style that dominates 21st-century American film criticism, Shepard’s provocative engagement with this art form offers a bracing change of pace.”

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