Staff Pick

Much of this powerful memoir appeared in Diski's column in the London Review of Books. Diski died in April and she writes here about mortality, oncology treatments and her various hospitalizations for mental illness and drug addiction with a distinctive and intimate voice. But the really fascinating pages explore her years as a troubled teen living in the home of Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing. Why Lessing took her in is far from clear, since she seems to have had some glaring blind spots, and had herself abandoned two of her own children when, as a promising writer, she moved to London. An insightful and memorable book.

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ISBN: 9781632866868
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 17th, 2016

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Hindsight is 20/20. But when Viv becomes obsessed with Mercury, a horse boarded at the stable where she works, her optometrist husband Donald questions how much he knows her. This fast-paced novel delivers a complex and highly intelligent exploration of intimacy and half-truths and why it is that we cannot always see what's right before our eyes.

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ISBN: 9780062437501
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Harper - September 27th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780062437518
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 6th, 2017

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Edmund Wilson and Vladimir Nabokov were great friends, whose mutual delight in Russian and English prosody seemed to know no bounds. Then Nabokov translated Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin and they became arch enemies. The vitriol! The ego! The linguistic barbs! It would all be insufferable if it wasn’t so terribly funny. Alex Beam’s scholarship and knowledge of Russian is superbly complemented here by his delicate touch, making this the best kind of guilty pleasure for serious readers.

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ISBN: 9781101870228
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Pantheon - December 6th, 2016