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

The Paris Review; Introduction by George Plimpton

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For a half-century, The Paris Review has published writing and interviews from the world's most brilliant authors. To commemorate the anniversary, a breathtakingly diverse and illuminating anthology has been assembled. The greatest writers here write and speak upon the greatest subjects of our time:
*Lorrie Moore and Raymond Carver on "Heartbreak"
*Vladimir Nabokov on SEX
*Kurt Vonnegut and Susan Sontag on "War"
*Jonathan Franzen on "Betrayal"
*Jeffrey Eugenides and Norman Mailer on "Death"
*Philip Roth on "God"
Inspiring a dizzying range of thought and emotion, the collection holds a mirror to the world we live in and to the reader's own hopes, dreams, fears, and joy.

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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; Introduction by George Plimpton

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
The Paris Review; Introduction by George Plimpton

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September 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312422394
ISBN10: 0312422393
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 928 pages
$25.00

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May 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780312710187
ISBN10: 0312710186
768 pages
$11.99
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