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Three-Martini Afternoons at the Ritz: The Rebellion of Sylvia Plath & Anne Sexton Audiobook

Three-Martini Afternoons at the Ritz: The Rebellion of Sylvia Plath & Anne Sexton

Author: Gail Crowther Narrator: Imani Jade Powers Release Date: April 2021

A vividly rendered and empathetic exploration of how two of the greatest poets of the 20th century—Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton—became bitter rivals and, eventually, friends. Introduced at a workshop in Boston University led by the acclaimed and famous poet Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton formed a friendship that would soon evolve into a fierce rivalry, colored by jealousy and respect in equal terms. In the years that followed, these two women would not only become iconic figures in literature, but also lead curiously parallel lives haunted by mental illness, suicide attempts, self-doubt, and difficult personal relationships. With weekly martini meetings at the Ritz to discuss everything from sex to suicide, theirs was a relationship as complex and subversive as their poetry. Based on in-depth research and unprecedented archival access, Three-Martini Afternoons at the Ritz is a remarkable and unforgettable look at two legendary poets and how their work has turned them into lasting and beloved cultural figures.

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The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym Audiobook

The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym

Author: Paula Byrne Narrator: Antonia Beamish Release Date: April 2021

‘Captures both Barbara and her writing so miraculously’ JILLY COOPER Picked as a Book to Look Forward to in 2021 by the Guardian, The Times and the Observer A Radio 4 Book of the Week, April 2021 Barbara Pym became beloved as one of the wittiest novelists of the late twentieth century, revealing the inner workings of domestic life so brilliantly that her friend Philip Larkin announced her the era’s own Jane Austen. But who was Barbara Pym and why was the life of this English writer – one of the greatest chroniclers of the human heart – so defined by rejection, both in her writing and in love? Pym lived through extraordinary times. She attended Oxford in the thirties when women were the minority. She spent time in Nazi Germany, falling for a man who was close to Hitler. She made a career on the Home Front as a single working girl in London’s bedsit land. Through all of this, she wrote. Diaries, notes, letters, stories and more than a dozen novels – which as Byrne shows more often than not reflected the themes of Pym’s own experience: worlds of spinster sisters and academics in unrequited love, of powerful intimacies that pulled together seemingly humble lives. Paula Byrne’s new biography is the first to make full use of Barbara Pym’s archive. Brimming with new extracts from Pym’s diaries, letters and novels, this book is a joyous introduction to a woman who was herself the very best of company. Byrne brings Barbara Pym back to centre stage as one of the great English novelists: a generous, shrewdly perceptive writer and a brave woman, who only in the last years of her life was suddenly, resoundingly recognised for her genius.

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Journal of a Novel: Penguin Modern Classics Audiobook

Journal of a Novel: Penguin Modern Classics

Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: Christopher Ragland Release Date: April 2021

Brought to you by Penguin. This collection of letters forms a fascinating day-by-day account of Steinbeck's writing of EAST OF EDEN, his longest and most ambitious novel. The letters, ranging over many subjects - textual discussion, trial flights of workmanship, family matters - provide an illuminating perspective on Steinbeck, the creative genius, and a private glimpse of Steinbeck, the man. © John Steinbeck 1969 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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Radical Vision: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry Audiobook

Radical Vision: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry

Author: Soyica Diggs Colbert Narrator: Lisa Reneé Pitts Release Date: April 2021

In this first scholarly biography of Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965), the author of A Raisin in the Sun, theater professor Soyica Diggs Colbert considers the playwright's life at the intersection of art and politics, with the theater operating as a 'rehearsal room for [her] political and intellectual work.' Colbert argues that the success of Raisin overshadows Hansberry's other contributions, including the writer's innovative journalism and lesser known plays touching on controversial issues such as slavery, interracial communities, and black freedom movements. Colbert also details Hansberry's unique involvement in the black freedom struggles during the Cold War and the early civil rights movement, in order to paint a full portrait of her life and impact. Drawing from Hansberry's papers, speeches, and interviews, this book presents its subject as both a playwright and a political activist. It also reveals a new perspective on the roles of black women in mid-twentieth-century political movements.

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Raising Demons: Penguin Modern Classics Audiobook

Raising Demons: Penguin Modern Classics

Author: Shirley Jackson Narrator: Kate Handford Release Date: April 2021

Brought to you by Penguin. Shirley Jackson skewered the trials of domestic life in 1950s America with wry wit and uncanny precision. In this sequel to Life Among the Savages, her four offspring have now grown into fully-fledged demons. As their house starts to burst at the seams, the Jackson clan somehow manage (without really planning it) to move into a larger home, only to take the chaos - absent furniture, vanishing children, misbehaving refrigerators, an avalanche of books - right along with them. © Shirley Jackson 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

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45 do primeiro tempo: o que o sabático me ensinou sobre o propósito de vida e carreira Audiobook

45 do primeiro tempo: o que o sabático me ensinou sobre o propósito de vida e carreira

Author: Patrick Santos Narrator: Marcelo Medeiros Release Date: April 2021

Quantas vezes você já se questionou sobre o sentido do que está fazendo? Até que ponto o seu trabalho está alinhado ao seu propósito? É possível conciliar vida profissional e pessoal? Depois de 20 anos atuando como jornalista, dos quais cinco como executivo de comunicação e âncora de um dos programas políticos de maior audiência no rádio, o 3 em 1 na Jovem Pan, Patrick Santos resolveu dar vazão a esses e outros questionamentos. Em 45 do primeiro tempo, o autor revela a sensibilidade de um homem que decidiu se reinventar. Patrick Santos assumiu a responsabilidade de governar o próprio destino, tirou um ano sabático para refletir e mergulhou no autoconhecimento. Diferentemente do que acontece em uma partida de futebol, na vida não há um juiz para apitar o fim do primeiro tempo, com intervalo para analisar e rever táticas de jogo. Para Patrick Santos, coincidentemente, o apito aconteceu aos 45 anos de idade: hora em que resolveu descer ao vestiário. A obra é uma demonstração de coragem e abre portas para uma nova discussão. No período sabático, livros e viagens foram grandes companheiros que permitiram renovar a forma como o escritor enxergava a vida. Nesse tempo, Patrick também aproveitou para se aproximar da mãe e, em um capítulo emocionante, conta sobre quando conheceu o pai, aos quarenta anos. Criado pela avó, a quem não economiza as palavras de carinho, o autor relata, também, o quanto a ausência do pai marcou a sua vida: 'Amadureci e me tornei um homem forte e destemido por fora, mas por dentro continuava o menino consumido por um vazio existencial sem tamanho. A ausência do meu pai me constituiu', descreve Patrick Santos. 'Na pausa do jornalista, nasceu um escritor. Nos dois vejo a mesma generosidade e a mesma coragem. Sugiro ao leitor que mergulhe nessas páginas com a mesma bravura do Patrick. Tenho a certeza de que cada um, a partir da trajetória do autor, sairá ao final mais conhecedor da própria história', escreve Vera Magalhães no prefácio da obra. O distanciamento da rotina fez com que Patrick conseguisse olhar para si e para a realidade sob um novo prisma. Ao contrário de muitas histórias de superação, o livro não fala de uma mudança radical de carreira, mostrando que é possível se reinventar e pensar em novos projetos na mesma área de atuação. '(...) pude conhecer uma estrada onde as inovações tecnológicas descortinam um novo mercado de trabalho, que já está a pleno vapor. É por ela que eu quero caminhar, aprendendo novas linguagens com os jovens do século XXI e compartilhando com eles o conhecimento que acumulei até aqui', escreve Patrick. Balanceando história profissional e pessoal, o autor traz às mãos do leitor páginas recheadas de questionamentos e lições que mostram a necessidade do hábito de refletir sobre a própria vida, além de estimular a mudança e o desenvolvimento pessoal. Agora, ele segue para o segundo tempo.

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Inventory of a Life Mislaid: An Unreliable Memoir Audiobook

Inventory of a Life Mislaid: An Unreliable Memoir

Author: Marina Warner Narrator: Marina Warner Release Date: March 2021

A luminous memoir of post-war childhood, adventure and loss on the banks of the Nile. ‘Wonderful – a brave, inventive, touching distillation of memory and imagination’ JENNY UGLOW Inventory of a Life Mislaid follows Marina Warner’s beautiful, penniless young mother Ilia as she leaves southern Italy in 1945 to travel alone to London. Her husband, an English colonel, is still away in the war in the East as she begins to learn how to be Mrs Esmond Warner, an Englishwoman. With diamond rings on her fingers and brogues on her feet, Ilia steps fearlessly into the world of cricket and riding. But, without prospect of work in a bleak, war-ravaged England, Esmond remembers the glorious ease of Cairo during his periods of leave from the desert campaign. There, they start a bookshop, a branch of W. H. Smith’s. But growing resistance to foreign interests, especially British, erupts in the 1952 uprising, and the Cairo Fire burns the city clean. Evocative and imaginative, at once historical and speculative, this memoir powerfully resurrects the fraught union and unrequited hopes of Warner’s parents. Memory intertwines richly with myth, the river Lethe feeling as real as the Nile. Vivid recollections of Cairo swirl with ever-present dreams of a city where Warner’s parents, friends and associates are still restlessly wandering.

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Festival Days Audiobook

Festival Days

Author: Jo Ann Beard Narrator: Suehyla El-Attar Release Date: March 2021

A searing and exhilarating new collection from the award-winning author of The Boys of My Youth and In Zanesville,who "honors the beautiful, the sacred, and the comic in life" (Sigrid Nunez, National Book Award-winner for The Friend) When "The Fourth State of Matter," her now famous piece about a workplace massacre at the University of Iowa was published in The New Yorker, Jo Ann Beard immediately became one of the most influential writers in America, forging a path for a new generation of young authors willing to combine the dexterity of fiction with the rigors of memory and reportage, and in the process extending the range of possibility for the essay form.   Now, with Festival Days, Beard brings us the culmination of her groundbreaking work. In these nine pieces, she captures both the small, luminous moments of daily existence and those instants when life and death hang in the balance, ranging from the death of a beloved dog to a relentlessly readable account of a New York artist trapped inside a burning building, as well as two triumphant, celebrated pieces of short fiction.   Here is an unforgettable collection destined to be embraced and debated by readers and writers, teachers and students. Anchored by the title piece--a searing journey through India that brings into focus questions of mortality and love-Festival Days presents Beard at the height of her powers, using her flawless prose to reveal all that is tender and timeless beneath the way we live now.

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A Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith Audiobook

A Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith

Author: Andrew Wilson Narrator: Laurel Lefkow Release Date: March 2021

Patricia Highsmith - author of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN and THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY - had more than her fair share of secrets. During her life, she felt uncomfortable about discussing the source of her fiction and refused to answer questions about her private life. Yet after her death in February 1995, Highsmith left behind a vast archive of personal documents - diaries, notebooks and letters - which detail the links between her life and her work. Drawing on these intimate papers, together with material gleaned from her closest friends and lovers, Andrew Wilson has written the first biography of an author described by Graham Greene as the 'poet of apprehension'. Wilson illuminates the dark corners of Highsmith's life, casts light on mysteries of the creative process and reveals the secrets that the writer chose to keep hidden until after her death.

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Final Chapters: How Famous Authors Died Audiobook

Final Chapters: How Famous Authors Died

Author: Jim Bernhard Narrator: Daniel Henning Release Date: March 2021

Famous authors, like everybody else, know that one day they will die. Final Chapters tells the fascinating stories of more than one hundred writers' encounters with death-and their attitudes toward the Grim Reaper: fear, uncertainty, or acceptance. Francis Bacon wrote, 'It is as natural to die as to be born,' while Socrates told the judges who condemned him, 'And now we go our ways, I to die and you to live. Which is better is known to God alone.' Death often came in startling ways for these well-known writers. The playwright Aeschylus was conked by a turtle falling from the sky. Christopher Marlowe was stabbed in a barroom brawl. Moliere collapsed while playing the role of a hypochondriac in one of his plays. Edgar Allan Poe was found semicomatose in someone else's clothes shortly before he died. Sherwood Anderson was felled by a toothpick in a martini. Did Dylan Thomas really die of eighteen straight whiskeys? And was it a bottle cap or murder that did in Tennessee Williams? If these authors have lessons for us, the best may be that of Marcus Aurelius: 'Death smiles at us all; all we can do is smile back.'

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The Private Life of the Diary: From Pepys to Tweets – A History of the Diary as an Art Form Audiobook

The Private Life of the Diary: From Pepys to Tweets – A History of the Diary as an Art Form

Author: Sally Bayley Narrator: Camilla Rockley Release Date: March 2021

In a beautiful literary exploration, Sally Bayley tracks the evolution – and the potential twenty first century death of – the diary, mourning what it means to lose the art of writing simply for oneself. Diaries hold all manner of things: they allow us a moment to be completely personal, to self-aggrandise, to focus on self-reflection without concern of what someone on the outside might think. Discovered or published diaries of the past have also provided glimpses into history, eras and minds gone by, especially the inner lives otherwise unknown. Tracing the history of the diary from Samuel Pepys, whose record of the Great Plague and Great Fire of London informed history, through the likes of Virginia Woolf’s personal confessions in the twentieth century, and up to the age of social media, Sally Bayley explores the beauty and the power of recording one’s own life. Taking this thought all the way up to our era of exposure, with confessional journalism and social media barrage, Bayley explores what we might lose as individuals if we let go of the diary as private confidante, choosing instead a culture of public disclosure.

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Por senderos que la maleza oculta Audiobook

Por senderos que la maleza oculta

Author: Knut Hamsun Narrator: Enric Puig Release Date: March 2021

En 1949, el mismo día en el que recibió la sentencia del tribunal noruego que le juzgaba por un supuesto delito de traición a la patria, Hamsun, un anciano de ochenta y nueve años que había pasado de ser el escritor más amado de su país al más odiado, escribió la frase final del manuscrito que se convertiría en su último libro, Por senderos que la maleza oculta: «San Juan 1948. Hoy el Tribunal Supremo ha dictado sentencia, y yo acabo mi escrito». Había comenzado a escribir en mayo de 1945, el mismo día en el que él y su esposa fueron arrestados. En este libro, mezcla de ficción y autobiografía, Hamsun, internado en un primer momento en una residencia de ancianos, y más adelante en la clínica psiquiátrica a la que fue trasladado en un intento de justificar sus hechos pasados mediante la locura, describe sus paseos, sus encuentros con la gente, sus recuerdos de infancia, así como reflexiones sobre su situación. Además de una muestra incuestionable de la gran potencia narrativa de Hamsun, la obra es un documento único para conocer los argumentos del escritor en aquel proceso al que se vio sometido por su apoyo al régimen de Quisling en la Noruega ocupada por los nazis desde 1942 hasta el final de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Una parte fundamental de la obra es su alegato de defensa ante el Tribunal. - Knut Hamsun (seudónimo de Knut Pedersen; Lomnel Gudbrandsdal, 1859 - Grimstad, 1952). Seudónimo de Knut Pedersen. Novelista noruego. Ejerció las profesiones más diversas: aprendiz de zapatero en Bodø, y luego, siempre en la Noruega septentrional, carbonero, maestro de escuela, picapedrero, empleado comercial, vendedor ambulante y escribiente de un puesto de policía. En 1882 emigró a Estados Unidos y, a su vuelta, en 1888, publicó su primera novela, Hambre, que le proporcionó una celebridad inmediata. Su admiración por la vida bucólica y su rechazo a la gran ciudad lo llevarían a pasar grandes etapas de su vida en una cómoda cabaña del bosque. Fruto de esta época son sus obras Pan y La bendición de la tierra, por la que recibió en 1920 el Premio Nobel de Literatura. En esta misma colección han aparecido Victoria y su magnífica biografía Hamsun, Soñador y Conquistador.

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