No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin

No Time to Spare

From acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, and with an introduction by Karen Joy Fowler, a collection of thoughts—always adroit, often acerbic—on aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation. Ursula K. Le Guin has taken readers to imaginary worlds for decades. Now she’s in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice—sharp, witty, as compassionate as...

Details No Time to Spare

TitleNo Time to Spare
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Autobiography, Memoir, Philosophy, Feminism, Books About Books

Reviews No Time to Spare

  • Carol.
    Ursula Le Guin is one of my heroes, in as much as I have them. Which is, to say, hardly at all, but her writing has often astounded me, literally impacting how I perceived the world. When I was a teen, The Left Hand of Darkness did more to challenge my conception of gender identity than anything I would read or hear for years. However, her writing has also felt somewhat laborious to me, so when I saw this book of blog-style posts, I leapt at the ...
  • Tomislav
    I received a kindle format version of this book at no cost, in return for promising to write an honest review. I am a long-time fan of Ursula LeGuin’s writing – especially the books of the Hainish Cycle, so was actually quite pleased to have this opportunity to read and comment on the book shortly before publication.In the spirit of “no time to spare.” I will offer this quick overview of my thoughts. This is a compilation of entries from ...
  • Melanie
    I expected essays picking up this book, but instead I got a series of random blog posts (or as I liked to call them by the end, "Ursula chats") where she talks about anything from being old, to her new cat, to writing and reading, the great American novel, shopping and so on. It feels rather random, the selection of those posts and also the things she writes about are so odd, but that is exactly why I found this book so utterly charming. It was l...
  • Cynthia
    No Time to Spare is an odd gossipy book. As we expect from Le Guin it’s well written. It’s a mishmash of information based on her personal and writing life. She discusses the fan mail she receives and the awards she’s won. She also touches on current and paste pets and everyday life with her family. I believe she’s in her eighties so she has lots of wisdom to share. Just don’t expect her usual fast paced fiction. This book goes along at...
  • Beth Cato
    I received a galley of this book via Netgalley.Le Guin's blog posts are gathered in this new book that is refreshing and packed with wisdom. With a gently acerbic voice, she confronts the silliness of denying one's age, discusses the time she refused a Nebula nomination, and muses about the many goings-on of her cat, Pard. This book feels like sitting down an old friend who is tactful and blunt at once, and it's a joy to read. I say that, though ...
  • Akylina
    This collection of short essays (which were originally posted on Le Guin's blog) is an absolute treat not only for Ursula Le Guin's fans but for any reader who appreciates clever, funny and well-written opinion pieces. The book is divided in parts, each one of which is devoted to a specific topic such as aging, literature and writing, feminism, politics and miscellaneous musings on everyday life and its ordeals. In between those sections there ar...
  • Chris Via
    If we heed the advice of late-Renaissance polymath Francis Bacon and agree that the chief purpose of reading is “to weigh and consider” then Ursula K. Le Guin’s compendium of essays, No Time to Spare: Thinking about What Matters, is an essential text. The book represents a selection of her blog posts, spanning the years 2010 to 2015*, which may cause some would-be readers to recoil (i.e. those who cannot justify purchasing writing that is a...
  • Patricia Romero
    If you are familiar with her blog then you have a head start. The book is easily read. Each section talks about a topic and how that topic affects us. Such as Aging, The Literary World, And generally trying to make sense out of everything. Interrupted by sections on her cat Pard and his oddities.It reads like a blog. And that is really what it is. All of her blog posts re-set in a book form. She is a very interesting lady and I laughed a lot dur...
  • Monika
    In this collection of essays, Le Guin talks about literature, politics, belief, aging, and life, and it is just delightful. She is so interesting. Even when she's talking about her cat, Pard, there's a deeper layer to her musings. She sees the world with such clarity and wonder, and these essays allow the reader to experience that perspective. This book ended up being a smart, feel-good kind of read.
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    An open honest revealing look at aging a real look at what it's like to be in your eighties the wear& tear on your body.The fact that you might own a car but no longer drive &rely on friends for simple things like trips to the store,Ursula shares with us her opinions on various subjects literature the state of the world.Ursula has written a group of essays that entertain but also give you a lot to think about.An excellent read.Thanks to Net Galle...
  • Suz
    I love Ursula K. Le Guin's writing, so I knew I would enjoy this book before I even started it. I saved it to read as I relaxed on the couch late in the evening, or as I ate my dinner - sometimes letting my meal grow cold while I was distracted at laughing or nodding at something Ursula had written. This book is actually a collection of blog posts that cover a wide range of topics. She discusses going to the animal shelter to find a new cat, and ...
  • Morgan McComb
    Though I have a very mild grievance with the fact that this book is predominantly re-printed (and older) blog posts of hers, the way in which they are organized creates a thematic conversation about her life and her experiences--with everything from pets to publishing--is very compelling. The book starts out with easier, less controversial topics, like her relationship with her cat, but the thing that Le Guin is so skilled at is making something ...
  • Francis Tapon
    Ursula Le Guin is nearly 90 years old. She's one of the greatest writers of our time.Sadly, she's stopped writing books. She just blogs.What may be her final book, No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, is a collection of some of her blog posts. The title and cover are enticing.However, as the cliche says: don't judge books by their title. Among the 40 chapters, there are few truly deep, introspective, wise, and thought-provoking ones. Se...
  • Bob H
    This is a series of recent essays by the famed author Ursula Le Guin, short, easy reading, at times playful, poignant, profound, introspective. To those familiar with her work over the decades, these pieces are an interesting new look at a casual and informal Le Guin, as she reflects on aging, readers' comments, her cat, society, breakfast food, childhood. It's a casual visit with an old friend. It's a pleasant conversation and well worth a read.
  • Debbie
    Disclaimer: I received a galley proof of this title from BNC Catalist and Houghton Mifflin in exchange for a fair review.What a wonderful body of literature Ursula LeGuin has given us! This collection of essays/blogs makes me smile, gives me pause, causes me to think. As did all of her stories. Highly Recommended.
  • Amanda
    Good collection of blog posts about a lot of different things. I found most of them interesting.Thanks to Netgalley for the advance reader copy of this book. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  • Beth
    NetGalley provided ARC.3 1/2 stars. I am not familiar with Ursula K. Le Guin's work but did quite enjoy her musings on life (and her cat Pard). While she and I don't see eye to eye on many things, her style of writing is enjoyable, informative, and entertaining.
  • Natalia
    Cute book based on her blogs. Writings on writing (SO META), cats, politics and other old lady things.
  • Katie Carroll
    Review to come
  • Jacob Hoefer
    As a relatively new fan of Le Guin I was excited to pick up this ARC. Hoping for heartfelt insight into a writer I've been coming to really admire. I was rewarded with that and more.
  • E
    Review to come.
  • Bonnye Reed
    GN This group of essays really brings home the point that we are running out of time, we baby boomers. Fifty may be the new 30 - but even so, most of us passed even that watershed years ago. Ursula Le Guin is a wonderful writer of SciFi - both for adults and children - but in this endeavour she covers life as we know it, women trying to find a comfortable resting place in life as we face the last decade or so. This is an awesome read - covering e...