Wonderful Town: New York Stories from the New Yorker

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Wonderful Town: New York Stories from the New Yorker

Format:  Paperback,

508 pages

Edition: Updated

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: May 2001

ISBN-13: 9780375757525

ISBN-10: 037575752X

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New York City is not only "The New Yorker'"s place of origin and its sensibility's lifeblood; it is the heart of American literary culture. Wonderful Town collects superb short fiction by many of the magazine's and this country's most accomplished writers. Like all good fiction, these stories take particular places, particular people, and particular events and turn them into dramas of universal enlightenment and emotional impact. Here New York is every great place and every ordinary place. Each life in it, and each life in Wonderful Town, is the life of us all.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: May 2001
ISBN-13: 9780375757525
ISBN-10: 037575752X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 508
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.25 x 1.0

About the author

Biography of Remnick, David

David Remnick was born on October 29, 1958 in Hackensack, N.J. and educated at Princeton University. He began his career at the Washington Post in 1982. In 1992, he became a staff writer for the New Yorker. Remnick's book, Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire, won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction. The work deals with the last days of the Soviet Union, which Remnick witnessed firsthand as foreign correspondent to Moscow from the Washington Post.

Remnick is the author of other works including The Devil Problem (And Other True Stories) published in 1996 and Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia in 1997. His most recent work, King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero, was published in 1998.

Chapter outline

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Five-Forty-Eight
Distant Music
Sailor off the Bremen
Physics
The Whore of Mensa
What It Was Like, Seeing Chris
Drawing Room B
A Sentimental Journey
The Balloon
Smart Money
Another Marvellous Thing
The Failure
Apartment Hotel
Midair
The Catbird Seat
Snowing in Greenwich Village
I See You, Bianca
You're Ugly, Too
Signs and Symbols
Poor Visitor
In Greenwich, There Are Many Gravelled Walks
Some Nights When Nothing Happens Are the Best Nights in This Place
Slight Rebellion off Madison
Brownstone
The Cafeteria
Partners
The Evolution of Knowledge
The Way We Live Now
Do the Windows Open?
The Mentocrats
The Treatment
Arrangement in Black and White
Carlyle Tries Polygamy
Children Are Bored on Sunday
Notes from a Bottle
Man in the Middle of the Ocean
Mespoulets of the Splendide
Over by the River
Baster
The Second Tree from the Corner
Rembrandt's Hat
Shot: A New York Story
A Father-to-Be
Farewell, My Lovely Appetizer
Water Child
The Smoker

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2000-02-01)

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of The New Yorker, one of America's most popular and enduring magazines, Random House is bringing out these complementary anthologies that reprint the work of prominent New Yorker contributors. Selected by Remnick, the magazine's current editor, the pieces provide a retrospective of the magazine's journalistic history. Life Stories includes biographical sketches of such notables as Ernest Hemingway, Isadora Duncan, Johnny Carson, and Floyd Patterson. Well known for profiling famous people of the day, The New Yorker has created an intriguing record of those individuals considered important to the 20th century.

Organized around the same theme of life in New York City, Wonderful Town contains works by some of the true masters of the short story genre, among them John Updike, Dorothy Parker, Vladimir Nabokov, and Isaac Bashevis Singer. With so many talented writers aboard, the venerable New Yorker should enjoy at least another 75 years of success. Both titles are recommended for public library collections.

-Ellen Sullivan, Ferguson Lib., Stamford, CT

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

New York City is not only The New Yorker' s place of origin and its sensibility's lifeblood; it is the heart of American literary culture. Wonderful Town collects superb short fiction by many of the magazine's and this country's most accomplished writers. Like all good fiction, these stories take particular places, particular people, and particular events and turn them into dramas of universal enlightenment and emotional impact. Here New York is every great place and every ordinary place. Each life in it, and each life in Wonderful Town, is the life of us all.

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