At Home in the World

A Memoir

Joyce Maynard

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In the spring of 1972, Joyce Maynard, a freshman at Yale, published a cover story in The New York Times Magazine about life in the sixties. Among the many letters of praise, offers for writing assignments, and request for interviews was a one-page letter from the famously reclusive author, J.D. Salinger.

Don't Go Away Sad is the story of a girl who loved and lived with J.D. Salinger, and the woman she became. A crucial turning point in Joyce Maynard's life occurred when her own daughter turned eighteen--the age Maynard was when Salinger first approached her. Breaking a twenty-five year silence, Joyce Maynard addresses her relationship with Salinger for the first time, as well as the complicated , troubled and yet creative nature of her youth and family. She vividly describes the details of the times and her life with the finesse of a natural storyteller.

Courageously written by a women determined to allow her life to unfold with authenticity, Don't Go Away Sad is a testament to the resiliency of the spirit and the honesty of an unwavering eye.

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Chapter One


THE HOUSE WHERE I grew up, in Durham, New Hampshire, is the only one on the street with a fence surrounding it. That fit. Our family—my mother, my father, my older sister, Rona, and I—never belonged in that town. Or anywhere else, it seemed to me, but in that house, with one another, like a country unto ourselves, a tiny principality with a population of four. Arguably three, since my sister tried to remove herself as much as possible.There was a phrase we used in our family: “one of us.” We didn’t use it often, but what it meant was that we’d

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Author Joyce Maynard talks of 'deeply painful' time with Salinger - latimes.com
Joyce Maynard was intrigued when filmmaker Shane Salerno first came calling with his interest in interviewing her for his documentary on J.D. Salinger. Naturally, Maynard was cautious considering she is a well-regarded author of eight novels and a series of memoirs yet is still probably best known for her relationship with Salinger, which she documented in her 1998 memoir, "At Home in the World."
- Los Angeles Times

Was Salinger Too Pure for This World? - NYTimes.com
Does genius justify exploitative, predatory behavior?
- The New York Times


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Joyce Maynard

Joyce Maynard was born and raised in New Hampshire. She is the author of several books, including To Die For, Where Love Goes, Domestic Affairs, Baby Talk, and her memoir Looking Back, which she wrote at the age of eighteen. Joyce Maynard has written for many national publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Parenting and Good Housekeeping. She lives in Mill Valley, California, with her three children.

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At Home in the World
A Memoir
Joyce Maynard

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Picador
April 2010
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ISBN: 9781429977555
ISBN10: 1429977558
352 pages
$9.99

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September 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427239259
ISBN10: 1427239258
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Picador
October 1999
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ISBN: 9780312202293
ISBN10: 0312202296
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 384 pages
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Picador
September 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250046444
ISBN10: 1250046440
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 400 pages, Includes 1 black-and-white frontispiece
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