A Way Of Life Like Any Other

Author: Darcy O'Brien
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1497658713
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This PEN/Hemingway Award winner about coming of age in Los Angeles is a “little gem of a novel . . . a masterwork of Hollywood fiction” (Salon). He’s a child of 1940s Hollywood—specifically, Casa Fiesta, a ranch in the Malibu hills that he shares with his mother, a onetime Broadway headliner, and his father, a star of Westerns. But when his parents fall out of favor in Tinseltown, the narrator of this exquisitely crafted dark comedy loses his youthful idyll and accompanies his lovesick mother on a vodka-soaked international quest for romance and redemption. Meanwhile, his father lives in “diminished circumstances” in California, clinging to his silver-screen mementos, trusting that, someday soon, his ex-wife and his career will return. Tired of tending bar at his mother’s parties and listening to his father’s sad tales of former glory, the boy moves in with his best friend’s family in Beverly Hills. But nothing in La-La Land is quite what it seems, and when his new home turns out to be just as dysfunctional as the last, our teenage hero must somehow learn to accept his parents while finding the courage to break free and become his own man. This award-winning novel, “a kind of Catcher in the Rye for the Cheap Trick generation” (GQ), was cited by the Guardian as one of the “ten best neglected literary masterpieces.” Written by a New York Times–bestselling author who was a child of Hollywood movie stars himself, it has been praised for its “spectacularly deadpan humor” by the Atlantic Monthly and called “an insightful coming-of-age tale” by the Austin Chronicle.

The Summer Book

Author: Tove Jansson
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590176820
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In The Summer Book Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer—its sunlight and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This brief novel tells the story of Sophia, a six-year-old girl awakening to existence, and Sophia’s grandmother, nearing the end of hers, as they spend the summer on a tiny unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. The grandmother is unsentimental and wise, if a little cranky; Sophia is impetuous and volatile, but she tends to her grandmother with the care of a new parent. Together they amble over coastline and forest in easy companionship, build boats from bark, create a miniature Venice, write a fanciful study of local bugs. They discuss things that matter to young and old alike: life, death, the nature of God and of love. “On an island,” thinks the grandmother, “everything is complete.” In The Summer Book, Jansson creates her own complete world, full of the varied joys and sorrows of life. Tove Jansson, whose Moomintroll comic strip and books brought her international acclaim, lived for much of her life on an island like the one described in The Summer Book, and the work can be enjoyed as her closely observed journal of the sounds, sights, and feel of a summer spent in intimate contact with the natural world.

The Green Man

Author: Kingsley Amis
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590176162
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Maurice Allington has reached middle age and is haunted by death. As he says, “I honestly can't see why everybody who isn't a child, everybody who's theoretically old enough to have understood what death means, doesn't spend all his time thinking about it. It's a pretty arresting thought.” He also happens to own and run a country inn that is haunted. The Green Man opens as Maurice's father drops dead (had he seen something in the room?) and continues as friends and family convene for the funeral. Maurice's problems are many and increasing: How to deal with his own declining health? How to reach out to a teenage daughter who watches TV all the time? How to get his best friend's wife in the sack? How to find another drink? (And another.) And then there is always death. The Green Man is a ghost story that hits a live nerve, a very black comedy with an uncannily happy ending: in other words, Kingsley Amis at his best.

Nyrb Classics 10th Anniversary Complete Collection

Author: RANDOM HOUSE INC
Publisher: NYRB Classics
ISBN: 9781590173572
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The NYRB Classics series is designedly and determinedly exploratory and eclectic, a mix of fiction and non-fiction from different eras and times and of various sorts. The series includes nineteenth century novels and experimental novels, reportage and belles lettres, tell-all memoirs and learned studies, established classics and cult favorites, literature high, low, unsuspected, and unheard of. NYRB Classics are, to a large degree, discoveries, the kind of books that people typically run into outside of the classroom and then remember for life. Inevitably literature in translation constitutes a major part of the NYRB Classics series, simply because so much great literature has been left untranslated into English, or translated poorly, or deserves to be translated again, much as any outstanding book asks to be read again. The series started in 1999 with the publication of Richard Hughes's A High Wind in Jamaica. NYRB Classics includes new translations of canonical figures such as Euripides, Dante, Balzac, and Chekhov; fiction by modern and contemporary masters such as Vasily Grossman, Mavis Gallant, Daphne du Maurier, Stefan Zweig, and Upamanyu Chatterjee; tales of crime and punishment by George Simenon and Kenneth Fearing; masterpieces of narrative history and literary criticism, poetry, travel writing, biography, cookbooks, and memoirs from such writers as Norman Mailer, Lionel Trilling, and Patrick Leigh Fermor; and unclassifiable classics on the order of J. R. Ackerley's My Dog Tulip and Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy. Fall 2009 sees the publication of the series' first graphic novel, Poem Strip by Dino Buzzati, translated into English for the first time. Published in handsome uniform trade paperback editions, almost all the 250 NYRB Classics included in this collection feature an introduction by an outstanding writer, scholar, or critic of our day. Taken as a whole, NYRB Classics may be considered a series of books of unrivaled variety and quality for discerning and adventurous readers. This collection includes one each of the following titles: A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser The Living Thoughts of Kierkegaard by Soren Kierkegaard Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner My Dog Tulip by J.R. Ackerley My Father and Myself by J.R. Ackerley The Other House by Henry James Peasants and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman A Handbook on Hanging by Charles Duff Hindoo Holiday by J.R. Ackerley Memoirs of My Nervous Illness by Daniel Paul Schreber The Wooden Shepherdess by Richard Hughes The Stories of J.F. Powers by J.F. Powers Memoirs of Lorenzo Da Ponte by Lorenzo Da Ponte Morte D'Urban by J.F. Powers Records of Shelley, Byron, and the Author by Edward John Trelawny Wheat that Springeth Green by J.F. Powers Classic Crimes by William Roughead The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren by Iona Opie The Unknown Masterpiece by Honore de Balzac Virgin Soil by Ivan Turgenev The Glass Bees by Ernst Junger The Pure and the Impure by Colette The Waste Books by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr Seven Men by Max Beerbohm To Each His Own by Leonardo Sciascia The Wine-Dark Sea by Leonardo Sciascia Alfred and Guinevere by James Schuyler The Pilgrim Hawk by Glenway Wescott The Fox in the Attic by Richard Hughes The Haunted Looking Glass by Edward Gorey A House and Its Head by Ivy Compton-Burnett Manservant and Maidservant by Ivy Compton-Burnett Hadrian the Seventh by Fr. Rolfe Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford The Quest for Corvo by A.J.A. Symons The Root and the Flower by L.H. Myers The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Letty Fox by Christina Stead The Golovlyov Family by Shchedrin The Radiance of the King by Camara Laye Eustace and Hilda by L.P. Hartley Seduction and Betrayal by Elizabeth Hardwick Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick A Way of Life, Like Any Other by Darcy O'Brien As a Man Grows Older by Italo Svevo Autobiography of an Unknown Indian by Nirad C. Chaudhuri Renoir, My Father by Jean Renoir An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie Letters: Summer 1926 by Boris Pasternak Mr. Fortune' s Maggot by Sylvia Townsend Warner Selected Works of Cesare Pavese by Cesare Pavese The Life of Henry Brulard by Stendhal On the Yard by Malcolm Braly Selected Stories of Robert Walser by Robert Walser The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll by Alvaro Mutis Mawrdew Czgowchwz by James McCourt The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley The Outcry by Henry James A Book of Mediterranean Food by Elizabeth David Letters from Russia by Astolphe De Custine Miserable Miracle by Henri Michaux Riders in the Chariot by Patrick White Summer Cooking by Elizabeth David Corrigan by Caroline Blackwood Great Granny Webster by Caroline Blackwood Mary Olivier by May Sinclair Randall Jarrell's Book of Stories by Randall Jarrell The New Life by Dante Alighieri The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermout The Unpossessed by Tess Slesinger The Middle of the Journey by Lionel Trilling The World of Odysseus by M.I. Finley The Book of My Life by Girolamo Cardano The Moon and the Bonfires by Cesare Pavese Paris Stories by Mavis Gallant Troubles by J.G. Farrell In the Freud Archives by Janet Malcolm The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg A Sorrow Beyond Dreams by Peter Handke The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West Prisoner of Love by Jean Genet We Always Treat Women Too Well by Raymond Queneau Witch Grass by Raymond Queneau The Stuffed Owl by D.B. Wyndham Lewis To the Finland Station by Edmund Wilson The Vet's Daughter by Barbara Comyns Walter Benjamin by Gershom Scholem Fancies and Goodnights by John Collier Shelley: The Pursuit by Richard Holmes In Parenthesis by David Jones Peking Story by David Kidd Rene Leys by Victor Segalen Black Sun by Geoffrey Wolff Dirty Snow by Georges Simenon The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares The Day of the Owl by Leonardo Sciascia Equal Danger by Leonardo Sciascia Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret Three Bedrooms in Manhattan by Georges Simenon The Tenants of Moonbloom by Edward Lewis Wallant The Towers of Trebizond by Rose MacAulay Varieties of Exile by Mavis Gallant My Century by Aleksander Wat The World I Live In by Helen Keller American Humor by Constance Rourke The Ivory Tower by Henry James The Gallery by John Horne Burns Paris and Elsewhere by Richard Cobb Apartment in Athens by Glenway Wescott Envy by Yuri Olesha The Moro Affair by Leonardo Sciascia Nights in the Gardens of Brooklyn by Harvey Swados Part of Our Time by Murray Kempton The Case of Comrade Tulayev by Victor Serge Boredom by Alberto Moravia Contempt by Alberto Moravia The Diary of a Rapist by Evan S. Connell Monsieur Monde Vanishes by Georges Simenon The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell W. H. Auden's Book of Light Verse by W. H. Auden Asleep in the Sun by Adolfo Bioy Casares The Bog People by P.V. Glob Moravagine by Blaise Cendrars The Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam by Osip Mandelstam Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker The Furies by Janet Hobhouse Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford Indian Summer by William Dean Howells Memoirs of Hecate County by Edmund Wilson The Inferno of Dante Alighieri by Dante Alighieri The Year of the French by Thomas Flanagan Flaubert and Madame Bovary by Francis Steegmuller The Late Mattia Pascal by Luigi Pirandello The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes by W.S. Merwin The Peregrine by J.A. Baker Blood on the Forge by William Attaway The Child by Jules Valles The Lord Chandos Letter by Hugo Von Hofmannsthal The Singapore Grip by J.G. Farrell Count D'Orgel's Ball by Raymond Radiguet War and the Iliad by Simone Weil Anglo-Saxon Attitudes by Angus Wilson The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual by Harold Cruse Kaputt by Curzio Malaparte Memed, My Hawk by Yashar Kemal The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert by Joseph Joubert The Thirty Years War by C.V. Wedgwood Shakespeare by Mark Van Doren The Stalin Front by Gert Ledig Tropic Moon by Georges Simenon Between the Woods and the Water by Patrick Leigh Fermor A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor Jejuri by Arun Kolatkar The Man Who Watched Trains Go By by Georges Simenon Mouchette by Georges Bernanos Warlock by Oakley Hall The New York Stories of Henry James by Henry James Chess Story by Stefan Zweig What's for Dinner? by James Schuyler English, August by Upamanyu Chatterjee Conundrum by Jan Morris Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman Mani by Patrick Leigh Fermor Roumeli by Patrick Leigh Fermor Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig Stoner by John Williams The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing Red Lights by Georges Simenon The Jeffersonian Transformation by Henry Adams Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang A Savage War of Peace by Alistair Horne Clark Gifford's Body by Kenneth Fearing The Strangers in the House by Georges Simenon Pages from the Goncourt Journals by Edmond and Jules de Goncourt They Burn the Thistles by Yashar Kemal Born Under Saturn by Rudolf and Margot Wittkower The Stray Dog Cabaret by Edited by Honor Moore and Catherine Ciepiela Butcher's Crossing by John Williams Dante by Erich Auerbach The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana by Carlo Emilio Gadda The Engagement by Georges Simenon The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya White Walls by Tatyana Tolstaya Memoirs of Montparnasse by John Glassco The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy The Education Of A Gardener by Russell Page The Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G. B. Edwards Sunflower by Gyula Krudy Novels in Three Lines by Felix Feneon The Goshawk by T. H. White The New York Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton A Time to Keep Silence by Patrick Leigh Fermor All About H. Hatterr by G. V. Desani Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household Memoirs of an Anti-Semite by Gregor von Rezzori Soul by Andrey Platonov Sheppard Lee, Written by Himself by Robert Montgomery Bird Poems of the Late T'ang by A. C. Graham Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky by Patrick Hamilton Unforgiving Years by Victor Serge Belchamber by Howard Sturgis A Journey Round My Skull by Frigyes Karinthy The Widow by Georges Simenon The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig Afloat by Guy de Maupassant The Family Mashber by Der Nister The Summer Book by Tove Jansson Names on the Land by George R. Stewart Miami and the Siege of Chicago by Norman Mailer Inverted World by Christopher Priest My Fantoms by Theophile Gautier Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage by Tim Robinson In Hazard by Richard Hughes Victorine by Maude Hutchins Grief Lessons by Euripides Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter The Liberal Imagination by Lionel Trilling The Queue by Vladimir Sorokin Ringolevio by Emmett Grogan Defeat: Napoleon’s Russian Campaign by Philippe-Paul de Segur Don't Look Now by Daphne Du Maurier The Chrysalids by John Wyndham Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi The Snows of Yesteryear by Gregor von Rezzori The Rider on the White Horse by Theodor Storm School for Love by Olivia Manning Chaos and Night by Henry de Montherlant A Meaningful Life by L. J. Davis Short Letter, Long Farewell by Peter Handke Slow Homecoming by Peter Handke Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov The Complete Fiction by Francis Wyndham The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka The Old Man and Me by Elaine Dundy Summer Will Show by Syliva Townsend Warner Niki by Tibor Dery Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter Stones of Aran: Labyrinth by Tim Robinson The Cost of Living by Mavis Gallant Memories of the Future by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky Poem Strip by Dino Buzzati No Tomorrow by Vivant Denon The Way of the World by Nicolas Bouvier

Stoner

Author: John Williams
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590173937
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William Stoner is born at the end of the nineteenth century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar’s life, so different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments: marriage into a “proper” family estranges him from his parents; his career is stymied; his wife and daughter turn coldly away from him; a transforming experience of new love ends under threat of scandal. Driven ever deeper within himself, Stoner rediscovers the stoic silence of his forebears and confronts an essential solitude. John Williams’s luminous and deeply moving novel is a work of quiet perfection. William Stoner emerges from it not only as an archetypal American, but as an unlikely existential hero, standing, like a figure in a painting by Edward Hopper, in stark relief against an unforgiving world.

The Black Spider

Author: Jeremias Gotthelf
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590176952
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An NYRB Classics Original It is a sunny summer Sunday in a remote Swiss village, and a christening is being celebrated at a lovely old farmhouse. One of the guests notes an anomaly in the fabric of the venerable edifice: a blackened post that has been carefully built into a trim new window frame. Thereby hangs a tale, one that, as the wise old grandfather who has lived all his life in the house proceeds to tell it, takes one chilling turn after another, while his audience listens in appalled silence. Featuring a cruelly overbearing lord of the manor and the oppressed villagers who must render him service, an irreverent young woman who will stop at nothing, a mysterious stranger with a red beard and a green hat, and, last but not least, the black spider, the tale is as riveting and appalling today as when Jeremias Gotthelf set it down more than a hundred years ago. The Black Spider can be seen as a parable of evil in the heart or of evil at large in society (Thomas Mann saw it as foretelling the advent of Nazism), or as a vision, anticipating H. P. Lovecraft, of cosmic horror. There’s no question, in any case, that it is unforgettably creepy.

Agostino

Author: Alberto Moravia
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590177371
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Thirteen-year-old Agostino is spending the summer at a Tuscan seaside resort with his beautiful widowed mother. When she takes up with a cocksure new companion, Agostino, feeling ignored and unloved, begins hanging around with a group of local young toughs. Though repelled by their squalor and brutality, and repeatedly humiliated for his weakness and ignorance when it comes to women and sex, the boy is increasingly, masochistically drawn to the gang and its rough games. He finds himself unable to make sense of his troubled feelings. Hoping to be full of manly calm, he is instead beset by guilty curiosity and an urgent desire to sever, at any cost, the thread of troubled sensuality that binds him to his mother. Alberto Moravia’s classic, startling portrait of innocence lost was written in 1942 but rejected by Fascist censors and not published until 1944, when it became a best seller and secured the author the first literary prize of his career. Revived here in a new translation by Michael F. Moore, Agostino is poised to captivate a twenty-first-century audience.

All For Nothing

Author: Walter Kempowski
Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 1847087221
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Winter, January 1945. It is cold and dark, and the German army is retreating from the Russian advance. Germans are fleeing the occupied territories in their thousands, in cars and carts and on foot. But in a rural East Prussian manor house, the wealthy von Globig family tries to seal itself off from the world. Peter von Globig is twelve, and feigns a cough to get out of his Hitler Youth duties, preferring to sledge behind the house and look at snowflakes through his microscope. His father Eberhard is stationed in Italy - a desk job safe from the front - and his bookish and musical mother Katharina has withdrawn into herself. Instead the house is run by a conservative, frugal aunt, helped by two Ukrainian maids and an energetic Pole. Protected by their privileged lifestyle from the deprivation and chaos around them, and caught in the grip of indecision, they make no preparations to leave, until Katharina's decision to harbour a stranger for the night begins their undoing. Brilliantly evocative and atmospheric of the period, sympathetic yet painfully honest about the motivations of its characters, All for Nothing is a devastating portrait of the self-delusions, complicities and denials of the German people as the Third Reich comes to an end. Like deer caught in headlights, they stare into a gaping maw they sense will soon close over them.

Talk

Author: Linda Rosenkrantz
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590178459
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Talk is a hilariously irreverent and racy testament to dialogue: the gossip, questioning, analysis, arguments, and revelations that make up our closest friendships. It’s the summer of 1965 and Emily, Vincent, and Marsha are at the beach. All three are ambitious and artistic; all are hovering around thirty; and all are deeply and mercilessly invested in analyzing themselves and everyone around them. The friends discuss sex, shrinks, psychedelics, sculpture, and S and M in an ongoing dialogue where anything goes and no topic is off limits. Talk is the result of these conversations, recorded by Linda Rosenkrantz and transformed into a novel whose form and content put it well ahead of its time. Controversial upon its first publication in 1968, Talk remains fresh, lascivious, and laugh-out-loud funny nearly fifty years later.

Confusion

Author: Stefan Zweig
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590176618
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An NYRB Classics Original Stefan Zweig was particularly drawn to the novella, and Confusion, a rigorous and yet transporting dramatization of the conflict between the heart and the mind, is among his supreme achievements in the form. A young man who is rapidly going to the dogs in Berlin is packed off by his father to a university in a sleepy provincial town. There a brilliant lecture awakens in him a wild passion for learning—as well as a peculiarly intense fascination with the graying professor who gave the talk. The student grows close to the professor, be­coming a regular visitor to the apartment he shares with his much younger wife. He takes it upon himself to urge his teacher to finish the great work of scholarship that he has been laboring at for years and even offers to help him in any way he can. The professor welcomes the young man’s attentions, at least on some days. On others, he rages without apparent reason or turns away from his disciple with cold scorn. The young man is baffled, wounded. He cannot understand. But the wife understands. She understands perfectly. And one way or another she will help him to understand too.