My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff

One of the best books I’ve read this year is My Salinger Year, Joanna Rakoff’s memoir of working in a literary agency in the 1990s. I was sold by the description when Bloomsbury emailed me (thanks for the review copy, Bloomsbury!) but it might have languished on my shelves unread if Victoria, my Shiny New Books co-editor hadn’t enthused about it.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I have not one, not two, but three My Salinger Year links!

1.) I’ve reviewed it over at Vulpes Libris today.

2.) Victoria reviewed it at Shiny New Books.

3.) Best for last – Victoria interview Joanna Rakoff for Shiny New Books, and I think it’s the best thing we’ve had there yet. Great questions, thoughtful answers – definitely go and read it!

13 thoughts on “My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff

  • July 16, 2014 at 7:01 pm
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    Loved your review at VL – it IS hard to put your finger on exactly what's so fabulous about this book, isn't it? It's just sort of solid gold quality through and through. I've offered our interview to one magazine, so cross your fingers!

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  • July 18, 2014 at 1:44 am
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    Wonderful reviews and interview. I'm enjoying nonfiction this year more than fiction (although often nonfiction, like this, which is somehow about fiction) — and this is definitely one more to put on the list.

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    • July 29, 2014 at 10:52 pm
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      Thanks Lory! I seem to enjoy non-fiction more every year. My poor old father was right! I used to tell him I'd read non-fiction when I'd finished all fiction.

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  • July 19, 2014 at 8:51 am
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    I have heard so many good things about this title already, so thanks for adding to the fodder! I will take Susan's cue and put a hold on it at the library.

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  • July 20, 2014 at 1:36 pm
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    I shrugged this off as another gimmicky book, but now I'll look into it.

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  • July 29, 2014 at 10:47 pm
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    Loved, loved, loved this book. I'm now re-reading Salinger. Can you recommend a good Salinger biography, Simon?

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    • July 29, 2014 at 10:51 pm
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      I'm afraid I've not read any! Not being a fan of Salinger, I'd never investigated…

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  • January 1, 2015 at 9:46 pm
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    One odd and interesting book about Salinger is Ian Hamilton's "In Search Of J D Salinger" Hamilton wrote a biography and Salinger, who zealously guarded his privacy, sued; the .resulting book is a "making of" type book, with Hamilton's legal battles with Salinger included. There's also, a more standard style bio from 2011, "JD Salinger: A Life" by Kenneth Slawenski, and "Salinger" by David Shields, an oral history – but I haven't read ithese ones myself, and many fans of Salinger seem disappointed in them, but they might be worth a look. ENM

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