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By Peter Orner

ISBN-10: 1936787253

ISBN-13: 9781936787258

A nationwide ebook Critics Circle Award finalist in feedback • A November 2016 American Booksellers organization Indie subsequent checklist choice • A Buzzfeed most sensible Nonfiction publication of 2016 • A San Francisco Chronicle top publication of 2016

“An entrancing try and capture what falls among [literary feedback and autobiography]: the irreducibly own, messy, even embarrassing methods studying and dwelling bleed into one another, which neither literary feedback nor autobiography ever relatively acknowledges.” —The ny Times

“Stories, either my very own and people I’ve taken to center, make up whoever it's that I’ve become,” Peter Orner writes during this choice of essays approximately examining, writing, and residing. Orner reads—and writes—everywhere he reveals himself: a medical institution cafeteria, a espresso store in Albania, or a crowded bus in Haiti. the result's “a e-book of unlearned meditations that stumbles into memoir.” one of many writers Orner addresses are Isaac Babel and Zora Neale Hurston, either one of whom advised their truths and have been silenced; Franz Kafka, who professed loneliness yet craved connection; Robert Walser, who spent the final twenty-three years of his existence in a Swiss insane asylum, “working” at being loopy; and Juan Rulfo, who practiced the tough paintings of silence. Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Yasunari Kawabata, Saul Bellow, Mavis Gallant, John Edgar Wideman, William Trevor, and Václav Havel make appearances, in addition to the poet Herbert Morris—about whom nearly not anything is known.

An elegy for an eccentric overdue father, and the tip of a wedding, Am I on my own Here? is usually a party of the opportunity of renewal. instantly own and panoramic, this booklet will encourage readers to come back to the basic tales in their personal lives.

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