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Extra Innings: A Memoir
Doris Grumbach
0393035417
October 1993
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
When novelist and literary critic Grumbach published her memoir Coming into the End Zone in 1991, it was cause for celebration--for her and for readers educated and inspired by her year of reflections on turning 70 and the process of what she here calls "coming into old age." Now a few years older, Grumbach, who still lives on the coast of Maine, uses the same month-by-month format to record another year of musings and considerations. Often sublime, sometimes mundane, rarely boring, these reflections will appeal especially to readers who live in the world of books. Grumbach writes with grace and precision about her anxiety while waiting for reviews of End Zone ; about what books she is moved to take from her shelves and reread; about conversations with colleagues, friends and her daughters; about friendship, love...


O Pioneers!
Willa Cather
0395083656
Oct 1997
Paperback
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Review
The New York Times : "A direct, human tale of love and struggle and attainment -- American in the best sense of the word." -- New York Times

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"A direct, human tale of love and struggle and attainment -- American in the best sense of the word." -- New York Times

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Extra Innings: A Memoir
Doris Grumbach
0393313204
June 1995
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This latest is writer, critic and NPR contributor Grumbach's (Coming into the End Zone) reflections on her life in Maine. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Organized as a journal divided by months, Grumbach's book begins on September 15, 1991, the day her first memoir, Coming into the End Zone ( LJ 8/91), first appeared in print. The journal covers the next year's further ruminations on old age. Grumbach describes her memories, philosophical musings, reading, work, the people she cares about, and her home in Maine. Though often pessimistic and cynical, she gives a clear, honest picture of her own old age and of how her world has changed for the worse. Her account is instructive for people of all ages. While some of what she says borders...


Fifty Days of Solitude
Doris Grumbach
0807070610
November 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
When her companion Sylvia left for an extended book-buying trip, Doris Grumbach was given 50 days alone in their home on the coast of Maine. It was the winter of 1993 and the 75-year-old Grumbach surrounded herself with silence and music, with books and an empty journal, with paintings and the view out her window of a bare winter landscape. Fifty Days of Solitude is a memoir of what Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins called the "inscape": the deep, meandering landscape of an interior life. Grumbach's observations about the paintings of Edward Hopper, the death of a friend from AIDS, and the life-long grief of Dr. Anna Perkins for her companion Miss Hannay are full of dignity and pathos. Fifty Days of Solitude is a rendering of the mind and heart alone, of how distance and silence inform our...


Chamber Music
Doris Grumbach
0393309452
Feb 1993
Paperback
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Life in a Day
Doris Grumbach
0807070890
October 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
With the recent plethora of memoirs delving into traumatic lives and despairing experiences, this quiet memoir from the author of The Book of Knowledge and Fifty Days of Solitude is charmingly refreshing. We follow the 77-year-old novelist through a day, eavesdropping on her daily fussings and the interior conversations she conducts with the muses that enable her to write, including Dylan Thomas, Somerset Maugham, and her friend, the late May Sarton. With digressive sidetrips inspired by whatever distracts Grumbach from her quiet daily processes, we enter a rich world of memory and thought informed by a lifetime of books and letters. Sorry, no teenage traumas or bouts with alchoholism or bulimia here--just a fine artist at the top of her craft. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


The Ladies
Doris Grumbach
0393310922
Nov 1993
Paperback
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Review
"A tale told in delicate brushstrokes of a relationship in which two hearts came almost literally to beat as one."

Newsday



"Understated and elegant, this slim book is a true classic on that rarest of relationships, companions of the heart."

San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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"A tale told in delicate brushstrokes of a relationship in which two hearts came almost literally to beat as one."

Newsday

In the late 18th century, Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby defied all conventions of their Irish homeland and eloped to Wales as a married couple.

There, over many years, they forged a romantic paradise from a simple country cottage and a few acres of land. They...


Pleasure of Their Company
Doris Grumbach
0807072222
May 2000
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
"We see only what we look for in need," notes novelist and memoirist Grumbach, quoting Roger Fry at the end of this new collection of meditations on, among other things, turning 80. While Fry was commenting on the human ability to experience art, Grumbach's concern is our ability to remember and appreciate life. In her recent memoirs (Extra Innings, etc.) and meditation daybooks (Life in a Day, etc.), Grumbach has turned from fiction to highly personalized, often idiosyncratic ruminations on the past and on the role of prayer and contemplation in everyday life. Here, she combines the two forms to produce a provocative, beautifully crafted personal history and meditation on death. Remembrances of friends who have died--Kay Boyle, Dorothy Day, May Sarton--mix with a nostalgia for the past without becoming...


The Song of the Lark
Willa Cather
0395345308
May 1983
Paperback
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Book Description
Perhaps Willa Cather's most autobiographical work, The Song of the Lark charts the story of a young woman's awakening as an artist against the backdrop of the western landscape. Thea Kronborg, an aspiring singer, struggles to escape from the confines her small Colorado town to the world of possibility in the Metropolitan Opera House. In classic Cather style, The Song of the Lark is the beautiful, unforgettable story of American determination and its inextricable connection to the land. "The time will come when she'll be ranked above Hemingway." -- Leon Edel

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In this novel Willa Cather presents Thea Kronberg, a minister's daughter, living with her family in Moonstone, Colorado. After enrolling Thea for piano lessons, Mrs. Kronberg is told that her daughter's...


Vision Quest
Terry Davis
0385732740
May 2005
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Portrait of a Marriage: Vita Sackville-West & Harold Nicolson
Nigel Nicolson
0226583570
November 1998
Paperback
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From AudioFile
Vita Sackville-West took many lovers. Some were men, others women, Virginia Woolf most famous among the latter. Vita also loved her husband, Harold Nicolson. And he loved her right back. Working with letters and journals, and writing his own explanatory text when necessary, their son, Nigel, has exposed this tangle of passions. In so doing he has performed a great service, showing us two magnificent individuals, not as they meant to be, but as they actually were. Ultimately the marriage "succeeded," according to Nicolson, "because each found permanent and undiluted happiness only in the company of the other." David Case takes the male texts, and Donada Peters those written by Vita. Together they render a stirring, upper-class duet. B.H.C. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland,...


Life in a Day
Doris Grumbach
0807070882
Oct 1996
Hardcover
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Book Review
With the recent plethora of memoirs delving into traumatic lives and despairing experiences, this quiet memoir from the author of The Book of Knowledge and Fifty Days of Solitude is charmingly refreshing. We follow the 77-year-old novelist through a day, eavesdropping on her daily fussings and the interior conversations she conducts with the muses that enable her to write, including Dylan Thomas, Somerset Maugham, and her friend, the late May Sarton. With digressive sidetrips inspired by whatever distracts Grumbach from her quiet daily processes, we enter a rich world of memory and thought informed by a lifetime of books and letters. Sorry, no teenage traumas or bouts with alchoholism or bulimia here--just a fine artist at the top of her craft.

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Autobiography of an Elderly Woman
James Jennings
0916366790
February 1994
Hardcover
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The Pleasure of their Company
Doris Grumbach
0807072230
April 2001
Paperback
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The Presence of Absence
Doris Grumbach
0807070939
Aug 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
As a 27-year-old, the poet Doris Grumbach had a fleeting yet undeniable experience of God's presence. In order to recapture that experience, she began a frustrating few decades of churchgoing, and eventually she abandoned formal prayer--only to begin an equally frustrating search for God in private. The Presence of Absence: On Prayers and an Epiphany is a slim memoir of her ongoing search. Grumbach is most interesting when she reflects on the writers and thinkers--from Meister Eckhart to Kathleen Norris--who have shaped her understanding of the risks and rewards of solitary prayer. And although her unyielding integrity has trapped her in a loneliness that sometimes sounds terrifying, Grumbach's stringent refusal to be glib about God will serve as an inspiring corrective example for many. --Michael Joseph Gross

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