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    DescriptionAt twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She spends her days in the plush, wood-panelled agency, where Dictaphones and typewriters still reign and old-time agents doze at their desks after martini lunches, and at night she goes home to the tiny, threadbare Brooklyn apartment she shares with her socialist boyfriend. Precariously balanced between glamour and poverty, surrounded by titanic personalities and struggling to trust her own artistic sense, Joanna is given the task of answering Salinger's voluminous fan mail. But as she reads the candid, heart-wrenching letters from his readers around the world, she finds herself unable to type out the agency's decades-old form response. Instead, drawn inexorably into the emotional world of Salinger's devotees, she abandons the template and begins writing back. Poignant, keenly observed and irresistibly funny, My Salinger Year is a memoir about literary New York in the late 1990s, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a young woman finds herself swept into one of the last great stories and entangled with one of the last great figures of the century. Above all, it is the coming-of-age story of a talented writer and a testament to the universal power of books to shape our lives.


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    Title
    My Salinger Year
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joanna Smith Rakoff
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781408855508
    ISBN 10: 140885550X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5A
    BIC subject category V2: KNTP
    Libri: ENGM1075
    BISAC V2.8: BIO025000, LAN027000, BUS070060, BIO026000
    Libri: SALI7500
    DC23: 070.5092
    Thema V1.0: DNC, KNTP
    Edition statement
    Export/Airside
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    05 June 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Joanna Rakoff is a poet and the author of the novel A Fortunate Age, which won the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers, was a New York Times Editors' Pick, a winner of the Elle Readers' Prize and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. As a journalist and critic, she has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Time Out and O:The Oprah Magazine. The BBC produced a radio documentary following her as she tracked down the writer of her favourite Salinger fan letter. She has degrees from Columbia University, University College London and Oberlin College. Joanna Rakoff lives in Boston. www.joannasmithrakoff.com
    Review quote
    Here is the story of a reader becoming a writer, of a young woman deciding who she will be, of the power of books. Here is a memoir that manages to be dreamlike but sharp, poignant but unsentimental. Here is a book I'm going to have to insist you read immediately Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements Joanna Rakoff is the literary world's Lena Dunham, both of them witty, sensitive, elegantly baffled, zeitgeist-hitting Brooklyn ladies of their respective half-generations Sheila Weller, author of the New York Times bestseller, Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon-and the Journey of a Generation This is an impossibly excellent read-a glowingly entertaining, miss-your-subway-stop engrossing, note-perfect piece of storytelling Charles Bock, author of New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Children An utterly beguiling memoir, not only about Salinger and a bygone era of publishing, but about relationships, finding one's voice, and surviving in the big city -- Caroline Sanderson Bookseller A warm, witty, occasionally sly piece of storytelling ... An affectionate love letter to a first job in an industry that in just 20 years has changed beyond recognition -- Sam Baker Harper's Bazaar My Salinger Year's reference points, from the Brooklyn brownstones to the Danish pastries wolfed on the number 6 train to 51st Street, are all American, but the emotional landscape it conjures up will be just as true for readers on this side of the pond. Anyone who has struggled to find their bearings as an unworldly young adult will be deeply moved by it - I certainly was -- Emma Hughes Country Life This book is hard to put down. irresistible -- Lucy Atkins Sunday Times Like a literary The Devil Wears Prada . an irresistible read Harper's Bazaar Anyone who has ever dreamed of a life in books will find much to love in Joanna Rakoff's memoir ... Funny and knowing, it's both an idiosyncratic tribute to Salinger's writing and an affirmation of the power of books to spark tectonic human connections Metro Extraordinary ... Gripping and funny ... My Salinger Year is a treat even Jerry might have enjoyed -- Rachel Cooke Observer An elegant memoir -- Jane Shilling Sunday Telegraph In prose that is clear, precise and evocative, Rakoff renders her people and places touchably real -- Hannah McGill Independent This is a funny, delightful, coming-of-age memoir that completely caught me off guard. So absorbing is it that I devoured the whole thing in one sitting Woman & Home A charming coming-of-age memoir that fizzes with youthful energy and bookish insight Good Housekeeping Spellbinding . You don't have to be a Salinger fan to fall under Rakoff's spell; I'm not and I did -- Laura Miller Guardian Poignant and witty Company Magazine Elegantly written, wryly observed, Rakoff's memoir is a high-quality literary snack Financial Times This is a book for book lovers; not just those who love stories, but those fascinated with peeking "behind the curtain" . A magnificent portrait of a fascinating year; a pleasure to read Irish Examiner