As she travels from cheever's new york to williams's new orleans, and from Hemingway's Key West to Carver's Port Angeles, she pieces together a topographical map of alcoholism, from the horrors of addiction to the miraculous possibilities of recovery. Beautiful, captivating, and original, The Trip to Echo Spring strips away the myth of the alcoholic writer to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.
The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking #ad - Scott fitzgerald, tennessee williams, Ernest Hemingway, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver. All six of these writers were alcoholics, and the subject of drinking surfaces in some of their finest work, from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to A Moveable Feast. One spring, entangling disease, wanting to make sense of this ferocious, she took a journey across America that plunged her into the heart of these overlapping lives.
Often, they did their drinking together: hemingway and Fitzgerald ricocheting through the cafés of Paris in the 1920s; Carver and Cheever speeding to the liquor store in Iowa in the icy winter of 1973. Olivia laing grew up in an alcoholic family herself.
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being AlonePicador #ad - Finalist for the national book critics circle award in criticism#1 book of the year from brain pickingsnamed a best book of the year by NPR, Publishers Weekly, and Lit HubA dazzling work of biography, and cultural criticism on the subject of loneliness, Marie Claire, Pop Sugar, Newsweek, Slate, told through the lives of iconic artists, memoir, Elle, by the acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo Spring.
When olivia laing moved to New York City in her midthirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Picador USA. Moving from edward hopper’s nighthawks to andy warhol’s time capsules, dazzling investigation into what it means to be alone, from Henry Darger’s hoarding to David Wojnarowicz’s AIDS activism, Laing conducts an electric, illuminating not only the causes of loneliness but also how it might be resisted and redeemed.
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Picador USA. Over sixty years after virginia woolf drowned in the River Ouse, Olivia Laing set out one midsummer morning to walk its banks, from source to sea.
Crudo: A NovelW. W. Norton & Company #ad - A new york times notable, npr, guardian, washington post, and bustle Best Book of 2018 A brilliant, and emphatically raw novel of love on the brink of the apocalypse, funny, from the acclaimed author of The Lonely City. She had no idea what to do with love, as the prelude to loss and pain, she experienced it as invasion, she really didn’t have a clue.
Kathy is a writer. It’s the summer of 2017 and the whole world is falling apart. Picador USA. But it’s not only Kathy who’s changing. Kathy is getting married. Fast-paced and frantic, crudo unfolds in real time from the full-throttle perspective of a commitment-phobic artist who may or may not be Kathy Acker.
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Fascism is on the rise, truth is dead, the planet is heating up, and Trump is tweeting the world ever-closer to nuclear war.
What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and ResistancePenguin Press #ad - As priests and farm-workers are murdered and protest marches attacked, he is determined to save his country, and Forché is swept up in his work and in the lives of his friends. These encounters are a part of his plan to educate her, but also to learn for himself just how close the country is to war. Picador USA.
She's heard rumors from her friend about who he might be: a lone wolf, a communist, a revolutionary, a CIA operative, a sharpshooter, a small coffee farmer, but according to her, no one seemed to know for certain. Pursued by death squads and sheltering in safe houses, the two forge a rich friendship, as she attempts to make sense of what she's experiencing and establish a moral foothold amidst profound suffering.
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San francisco chronicle“Astonishing, powerful, so important at this time. Margaret atwoodwhat you have heard is True is a devastating, lyrical, and visionary memoir about a young woman's brave choice to engage with horror in order to help others. This is the powerful story of a poet's experience in a country on the verge of war, and a journey toward social conscience in a perilous time.
Carolyn forché is twenty-seven when the mysterious stranger appears on her doorstep.
Ducks, NewburyportBiblioasis #ad - Shortlisted for the 2019 booker prize shortlisted for the 2019 goldsmiths prize nominated for the 2020 andrew carnegie medal for excellence in fiction baking a multitude of tartes tatins for local restaurants, an Ohio housewife contemplates her four kids, husband, cats and chickens. But what do you do when you keep stepping on your son's toy tractors, not even the abominable Snowman? When are you allowed to start swearing? With a torrent of consciousness and an intoxicating coziness, Newburyport lays out a whole world for you to tramp around in, your life depends on stolen land and broken treaties, Ducks, and nobody helps you when you get a flat tire on the interstate, by turns frightening and funny.
She is surrounded by dead lakes, and oodles of online advice about survivalism, Open Carry maniacs, fake facts, veil toss duties, and how to be more like Jane Fonda. Also, america's ignoble past, and her own regrets. Picador USA. A heart-rending indictment of america's barbarity, and a lament for the way we are blundering into environmental disaster, this book is both heresy―and a revolution in the novel.
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being AlonePicador #ad - Finalist for the national book critics circle award in criticism#1 book of the year from brain pickingsnamed a best book of the year by NPR, and cultural criticism on the subject of loneliness, Elle, Pop Sugar, Newsweek, Slate, and Lit HubA dazzling work of biography, Marie Claire, Publishers Weekly, memoir, told through the lives of iconic artists, by the acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo Spring.
When olivia laing moved to New York City in her midthirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Picador USA. Increasingly fascinated by the most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. Picador USA. Moving from edward hopper’s nighthawks to andy warhol’s time capsules, dazzling investigation into what it means to be alone, from Henry Darger’s hoarding to David Wojnarowicz’s AIDS activism, Laing conducts an electric, illuminating not only the causes of loneliness but also how it might be resisted and redeemed.
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone #ad - Humane, and moving, adrift from the larger continent of human experience, The Lonely City is a celebration of a strange and lovely state, provocative, but intrinsic to the very act of being alive.
The Other Americans: A NovelPantheon 1524747149 #ad - Picador USA. The repercussions of his death bring together a diverse cast of characters: guerraoui's daughter nora, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, who still pines after her life in the old country; Efrain, a former classmate of Nora's and a veteran of the Iraq war; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her son's secrets; Anderson, a jazz composer who returns to the small town in the Mojave she thought she'd left for good; his widow Maryam, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and the murdered man himself.
As the characters tell their stories, religion, the invisible connections that tie them together--even while they remain deeply divided by race, or class--are slowly revealed. When the mystery of what happened to driss Guerraoui unfolds, a town's hypocrisies are faced, a family's secrets are exposed, and love, in its messy and unpredictable forms, is born.
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Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern IrelandDoubleday #ad - Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Mcconville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress--with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes. Patrick radden keefe's mesmerizing book on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with.
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland #ad - In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. Picador USA. Mastermind known as the dark, to the spy games and dirty schemes of the British Army, to Gerry Adams, who negotiated the peace but betrayed his hardcore comrades by denying his I.
R. A. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. New york times bestseller"a masterful history of the Troubles. As in the most ingenious crime stories, Keefe unveils a revelation — lying, so to speak, in plain sight.
Conversations with Friends: A NovelHogarth #ad - At a local poetry performance one night, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into her world, they meet a well-known photographer, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman’s sophisticated home and handsome husband, Nick. This book. One wonderful aspect of rooney’s consistently wonderful novel is the fierce clarity with which she examines the self-delusion that so often festers alongside presumed self-knowledge.
. Conversations with friends: A Novel Paperback - August 7, 2018. A novel of delicious frictions. New york“a writer of rare confidence, with a lucid, exacting style. But however amusing frances and Nick’s flirtation seems at first, it begins to give way to a strange—and then painful—intimacy. Written with gemlike precision and marked by a sly sense of humor, and the messy edges of female friendshipSHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD“Sharp, funny, Conversations with Friends is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth, thought-provoking .
Conversations with Friends: A Novel #ad - . She is acute and sophisticated about the workings of innocence; the protagonist of this novel about growing up has no idea just how much of it she has left to do. Alexandra schwartz, The New Yorker“This book.