MY SALINGER YEAR by Joanna Rakoff

July 18, 2015

Joanna Rakoff spoke about her book, My Salinger Year, at Politics & Prose on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

Rakoff’s second book is at once a picture of the New York publishing scene on the eve of the digital age, the personal story of a young writer finding her voice, and a unique profile of J.D. Salinger. Rakoff, who after the experiences recounted here went on to write the acclaimed novel A Fortunate Age, was a budding poet with a narcissistic boyfriend and a threadbare apartment when she found a job with Salinger’s literary agent. Taking charge of the reclusive writer’s fan mail, Rakoff became a kind of epistolary go-between, responding to readers on Salinger’s behalf.

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ISBN: 9780307947987
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Published: Vintage - May 12th, 2015


July 6, 2015

James Wood spoke about his book, The Nearest Thing to Life, at Politics & Prose on Monday, July 6, 2015.

In these heartfelt essays, several originally delivered as the 2013 Mandel Lectures in the Humanities, Wood, a Harvard professor, The New Yorker literary critic, novelist, and author of How Fiction Works, explores the beauty and power of the art of reading. Looking at the essential role books have played in his own life, Wood combines memoir with an eloquent consideration of several works including The Blue Flower, The Emigrants, and Chekhov’s story “The Kiss.”

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ISBN: 9781611687422
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Published: Brandeis University Press - April 28th, 2015


June 20, 2015

Andrea Mays spoke about her book, The Millionaire and the Bard, at Politics & Prose on Saturday, June 20, 2015.

Mays teaches economics at California State, Long Beach, but, like Henry Folger (1857-1930), president and chairman of Standard Oil, her heart belongs to Shakespeare. Her book looks back to 1623 when the playwright’s friends gathered thirty-six of the late Bard’s plays and published them in what became the First Folio—and Folger’s Holy Grail. Folger eventually acquired 82 of the 233 extant copies, part of the collection he donated to the nation as the library that bears his name.

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ISBN: 9781439118252
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2016