The New York Times adored Gail Caldwell’s New Life, No Instructions, writing that, “the scholar Leigh Gilmore has written that the ‘serial autobiographer returns to the scene because she has left a body there which requires further attention.’ If we’re lucky, Caldwell will continue on like that other never-married writer, Diana Athill, who published her first memoir at 44, and her seventh at 93. Unabashed dispatches from lifelong single women are a fairly recent phenomenon. Caldwell has so much more to teach us.”