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My Salinger year, by Joanna Smith Rakoff

Label
My Salinger year
Title
My Salinger year
Statement of responsibility
by Joanna Smith Rakoff
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Poignant, keenly observed, and irresistibly funny: a memoir about literary New York in the late nineties, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a young woman finds herself entangled with one of the last great figures of the century. At 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 a plush, wood-paneled office, where Dictaphones and typewriters still reign and old-time agents doze at their desks after martini lunches. At night she goes home to the tiny, threadbare Williamsburg apartment she shares with her socialist boyfriend. Precariously balanced between glamour and poverty, surrounded by titanic personalities, and struggling to trust her own artistic instinct, Rakoff is tasked with 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. Over the course of the year, she finds her own voice by acting as Salinger's, on her own dangerous and liberating terms. Rakoff paints a vibrant portrait of a bright, hungry young woman navigating a heady and longed-for world, trying to square romantic aspirations with burgeoning self-awareness, the idea of a life with life itself. Charming and deeply moving, filled with electrifying glimpses of an American literary icon, "My Salinger Year" is the coming-of-age story of a talented writer. Above all, it is a testament to the universal power of books to shape our lives and awaken our true selves
Title
My Salinger year
Creator
Summary
Traces the author's experiences in 1990s New York as the assistant to the agent of J. D. Salinger, a job that contrasted with her threadbare personal life and was enriched by the famous writer's fan letters. By the award-winning author of A Fortunate Age
Subject
Genre
Tone
Writing style
Award
School Library Journal Best Books: Best Adult Books 4 Teens, 2014
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10313206
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 818/.603
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3619.M592455
LC item number
Z46 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Target audience
adult
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/titleStatement
Joanna Rakoff
Label
My Salinger year, by Joanna Smith Rakoff
Publication
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • ACE
  • AOK
  • ATB
  • ATO
  • AMR
  • ANV
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn854285692
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780307958006
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013026931
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
u1022318
System control number
(OCoLC)854285692

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