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My Salinger Year

By Joanna Smith Rakoff, 1972-

Poignant, keenly observed, and irresistibly funny: a memoir about literary New York in the late nineties, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a young woman finds herself entangled with one of the last great figures of the century.

At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She spends her days in a plush, wood-paneled office, where Dictaphones and typewriters still reign and old-time agents doze at their desks after martini lunches. At night she goes home to the tiny, threadbare Williamsburg apartment she shares with her socialist boyfriend. Precariously balanced between glamour and poverty, surrounded by titanic personalities, and struggling to trust her own artistic instinct, Rakoff is tasked with answering Salinger’s voluminous fan mail. But as she reads the candid, heart-wrenching letters from his readers around the world, she finds herself unable to type out the agency’s decades-old form response. Instead, drawn inexorably into the emotional world of Salinger’s devotees, she abandons the template and begins writing back. Over the course of the year, she finds her own voice by acting as Salinger’s, on her own dangerous and liberating terms.

Rakoff paints a vibrant portrait of a bright, hungry young woman navigating a heady and longed-for world, trying to square romantic aspirations with burgeoning self-awareness, the idea of a life with life itself. Charming and deeply moving, filled with electrifying glimpses of an American literary icon, My Salinger Year is the coming-of-age story of a talented writer. Above all, it is a testament to the universal power of books to shape our lives and awaken our true selves. 


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  • BIOGRAPHY Smith Rakoff, Joanna, Biography

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2014

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9780307958006


Format: Book
Author: Smith Rakoff, Joanna, 1972-
Summary: "At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She spends her days in a plush, wood-paneled office, where Dictaphones and typewriters still reign and old-time agents doze at their desks after martini lunches. At night she goes home to the tiny, threadbare Williamsburg apartment she shares with her socialist boyfriend. Precariously balanced between glamour and poverty, surrounded by titanic personalities, and struggling to trust her own artistic instinct, Rakoff is tasked with answering Salinger's voluminous fan mail. But as she reads the candid, heart-wrenching letters from his readers around the world, she finds herself unable to type out the agency's decades-old form response. Instead, drawn inexorably into the emotional world of Salinger's devotees, she abandons the template and begins writing back. Over the course of the year, she finds her own voice by acting as Salinger's, on her own dangerous and liberating terms" -- from publisher's web site.
Title: My Salinger year / Joanna Rakoff.
Publisher Date: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Subject: Smith Rakoff, Joanna, 1972- Authors, American -- 21st century -- Biography. Literature publishing -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Isbn: 9780307958006 (hardcover) 0307958000 (hardcover) 9780307947987 (trade pbk.) 030794798X (trade pbk.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: B Smith Rakoff
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Bib Id: 525722

Format: Book
Author: Smith Rakoff, Joanna, 1972-
Summary: "At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She spends her days in a plush, wood-paneled office, where Dictaphones and typewriters still reign and old-time agents doze at their desks after martini lunches. At night she goes home to the tiny, threadbare Williamsburg apartment she shares with her socialist boyfriend. Precariously balanced between glamour and poverty, surrounded by titanic personalities, and struggling to trust her own artistic instinct, Rakoff is tasked with answering Salinger's voluminous fan mail. But as she reads the candid, heart-wrenching letters from his readers around the world, she finds herself unable to type out the agency's decades-old form response. Instead, drawn inexorably into the emotional world of Salinger's devotees, she abandons the template and begins writing back. Over the course of the year, she finds her own voice by acting as Salinger's, on her own dangerous and liberating terms" -- from publisher's web site.
Title: My Salinger year / Joanna Rakoff.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Description: 249 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Smith Rakoff, Joanna, 1972-
Subjects: Authors, American -- 21st century -- Biography.
Subjects: Literature publishing -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso.
LCCN: 2013026931
ISBN: 9780307958006 (hardcover)
ISBN: 0307958000 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780307947987 (trade pbk.)
ISBN: 030794798X (trade pbk.)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: B Smith Rakoff