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The Paris Review Book

of Heartbreak, Madness, Sex, Love, Betrayal, Outsiders, Intoxication, War, Whimsy, Horrors, God, Death, Dinner, Baseball, Travels, The Art of Writing, and Everything Else in the World Since 1953

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For fifty years, The Paris Review has published writing and interviews from the world's most celebrated and brilliant authors. To commemorate the journal's golden anniversary, we now have this diverse and illuminating anthology, with the greatest writers of the last half-century writing on the greatest subjects. It is a unique collection of stories, poetry, thoughts, interviews, and observations on the themes of modern life both great and trivial, as well as a compendium of timeless insights into how and why we embark on literature—and on the processes of creativity and critical thinking.

Like the masterful work of the writers included here, this book inspires a dizzying range of thought and emotion, holding a mirror to the world we live in and to the reader's own hopes, dreams, fears, and joys.

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HEARTBREAKLorrie MooreTerrific MotherAlthough she had been around them her whole life, it was when she reached thirty-five that holding babies seemed to make her nervous--just at the beginning, a twinge of stage fright swinging up from the gut. "Adrienne, would you like to hold the baby? Would you mind?" Always these words from a woman her age looking kind and beseeching--a former friend, she was losing her friends to babble and beseech--and Adrienne would force herself to breathe deep. Holding a baby was no longer natural--she was no longer natural--but a test of womanliness
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"A richly endowed night-table volume that keeps on giving."
--The New Yorker
"This astoundingly diverse anthology...is jam-packed with resonant and provocative work from some of our greatest writers, past and present.... The entries in this wonderful book can be read in any order, for the reader will be able to see his or her life reflected on every page." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • The Paris Review has published fiction, poetry, interviews, essays, and art since 1953. They have published the work of Philip Roth and Seamus Heaney, William Styron and Truman Capote, Toni Morrison and Alice Munro, among others, and have interviewed everyone from Vladimir Nabokov to Ralph Ellison to Richard Ford.
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The Paris Review Book

of Heartbreak, Madness, Sex, Love, Betrayal, Outsiders, Intoxication, War, Whimsy, Horrors, God, Death, Dinner, Baseball, Travels, The Art of Writing, and Everything Else in the World Since 1953

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