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Joyce Maynard - Author

About the Author

Maynard is the author of fifteen books, including the novel To Die For and the best-selling memoir, At Home in the World—translated into twelve languages. Her novel, Labor Day, became a motion picture in theaters January 2014, adapted and directed by Jason Reitman, and starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.

Featured books by Joyce Maynard

After Her A Novel

After Her A Novel

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/2014

Labor Day

Labor Day

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2014

With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, thirteen-year-old Henry—lonely, friendless, not too good at sports—spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming about the soft skin and budding bodies of his female classmates. For company Henry has his long-divorced mother, Adele—a onetime dancer whose summer project was to teach him how to foxtrot; his hamster, Joe; and awkward Saturday-night outings to Friendly's with his estranged father and new stepfamily. As much as he tries, Henry knows that even with his jokes and his "Husband for a Day" coupon, he still can't make his emotionally fragile mother happy. Adele has a secret that makes it hard for her to leave their house, and seems to possess an irreparably broken heart.

Other books by Joyce Maynard

The Best of Us A Memoir

The Best of Us A Memoir

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2018

The Best of Us A Memoir

The Best of Us A Memoir

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

Under the Influence A Novel

Under the Influence A Novel

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/11/2016

The New York Times bestselling author of Labor Day and After Her returns with a poignant story about the true meaning-and the true price-of friendship. Drinking cost Helen her marriage and custody of her seven-year-old son, Ollie. Once an aspiring art photographer, she now makes ends meet taking portraits of school children and working for a caterer. Recovering from her addiction, she spends lonely evenings checking out profiles on an online dating site. Weekend visits with her son are awkward. He's drifting away from her, fast. When she meets Ava and Swift Havilland, the vulnerable Helen is instantly enchanted. Wealthy, connected philanthropists, they have their own charity devoted to rescuing dogs. Their home is filled with fabulous friends, edgy art, and dazzling parties. Then Helen meets Elliott, a kind, quiet accountant who offers loyalty and love with none of her newfound friends' fireworks. To Swift and Ava, he's boring. But even worse than that, he's unimpressed by them. As Helen increasingly falls under the Havillands' influence-running errands, doing random chores, questioning her relationship with Elliott-Ava and Swift hold out the most seductive gift: their influence and help to regain custody of her son. But the debt Helen owes them is about to come due. Ollie witnesses an accident involving Swift, his grown son, and the daughter of the Havillands' housekeeper. With her young son's future in the balance, Helen must choose between the truth and the friends who have given her everything.

Un gran favor A Novel

Un gran favor A Novel

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2016

Cuando Helen conoci a Swift y Ava Havilland en una galer a de arte, su vida se hallaba en su punto m s bajo. Detenida por conducir bajo los efectos del alcohol, hab a perdido la custodia de su hijo de ocho a os y solo lo ve a cada dos s bados. Atrapada en un trabajo frustrante, Helen asist a todas las noches a las reuniones de Alcoh licos An nimos y ocasionalmente sal a con alg n hombre. Todo eso cambi cuando conoci a Ava y Swift Havilland, una pareja de fil ntropos ricos y carism ticos, locamente enamorados y grandes defensores de los animales. Los Havilland se convirtieron r pidamente en el centro de la existencia de Helen, que no solo comenz a trabajar para ellos sino que se sum a su c rculo de amistades: vest a la ropa que Ava desechaba, entreten a a la pareja con sus an cdotas de citas desastrosas, catalogaba su colecci n de arte y compart a con ellos comidas y secretos cada vez m s ntimos. Entonces conoci a Elliot, un contador de vida apacible y rutinaria al que los Havilland tacharon de aburrido. Pese a que empezaba a enamorarse de l, la desaprobaci n de sus amigos hizo dudar a Helen de sus sentimientos. Ten a muy presente lo que los Havilland hab an hecho por ella y su hijo. Ollie hab a ca do bajo el embrujo de Swift: el ni o solitario idolatraba a aquel hombre colosal que lo trataba como a un hijo. Y Swift le hab a prometido a Helen los servicios de su abogado para ayudarla a recuperar la custodia del ni o. Entonces sobrevino la tragedia: Ollie presenci un accidente de consecuencias devastadoras en la casa que los Havilland ten an en el lago Tahoe. Ahora, Helen y l habr an de pagar por la generosidad de sus nuevos amigos. O arriesgarse a asumir las consecuencias.

Un gran favor

Un gran favor

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2016

Cuando Helen conocio a Swift y Ava Havilland en una galeria de arte, su vida se hallaba en su punto mas bajo. Detenida por conducir bajo los efectos del alcohol, habia perdido la custodia de su hijo de ocho anos y solo lo veia cada dos sabados. Atrapada en un trabajo frustrante, Helen asistia todas las noches a las reuniones de Alcoholicos Anonimos y solo muy de tarde en tarde salia con algun hombre.Todo eso cambio cuando conocio a Ava y Swift Havilland, una pareja de filantropos ricos y carismaticos, locamente enamorados y grandes defensores de los animales. Los Havilland se convirtieron rapidamente en el centro de la existencia de Helen, que no solo comenzo a trabajar para ellos sino que se sumo a su circulo de amistades: vestia la ropa que desechaba Entonces conocio a Elliot, un contable de vida apacible y rutinaria al que los Havilland tacharon de aburrido. Pese a que empezaba a enamorarse de el, la desaprobacion de sus amigos hizo dudar a Helen de sus sentimientos. Tenia muy presente lo que los Havilland habian hecho por ella y su hijo. Ollie habia caido bajo el embrujo de Swift: el nino solitario idolatraba a aquel hombre colosal que lo trataba como a un hijo. Y Swift le habia prometido a Helen los servicios de su abogado para ayudarla a recuperar la custodia del nino. Entonces sobrevino la tragedia...

Joyce Maynard Collection

Joyce Maynard Collection

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: eBook Release Date: 24/06/2014

From New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard comes three poignant and unforgettable novels.Labor DayThe story of a mother and son forever changed during a long summer weekend when a mysterious man comes into their lives. Labor Day is a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenagerand the man he later becomes.The Good DaughtersA spellbinding novel about friendship, family secrets, and the strange, unexpected twists of fate that shape our lives. The story of two women born the same day in the same hospital, but raised in vastly different emotional environments, The Good Daughters is another high note in Maynard's already distinguished writing career.After HerLoosely inspired by the Trailside Killer case, After Her is part thriller, part love storya suspenseful and painfully real family saga that traces a young girl's first sexual explorations, the loss of innocence, the bond shared by sisters, and the tender but damaged relationship between a girl and her father that endures even beyond the grave.

To Die For A Novel

To Die For A Novel

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

A seductive page-turner about a murderously ambitious cable-news star by the New York Times-bestselling author of Labor Day (The New York Times Book Review). Local weather reporter Suzanne Maretto craves nothing more than to transcend life at her suburban cable television news station and follow in the footsteps of her idol: Barbara Walters. When she concludes that her unglamorous husband is getting in the way of her dream of stardom, the solution seems obvious: Get rid of him. She seduces a fifteen-year-old admirer, Jimmy, and persuades him to do her dirty work. Mission accomplished, Suzanne takes to the airwaves in her new role as grieving widow, in search of a TV deal. If that means selling Jimmy down the river, she's ready. Maynard's brilliant, funny, and groundbreaking novel-adapted by Gus Van Sant into the cult classic movie of the same name, starring Nicole Kidman-was first published in 1992 before the era of manufactured stardom and the phenomenon of televised murder trials as entertainment. The book still stands as a razor-sharp satire of celebrity-fixated culture and the American obsession with TV-a novel that imagined the phenomenon of reality television before its creation, with alternately bone-chilling and hilarious accuracy. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Joyce Maynard including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

To Die For

To Die For

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: eBook Release Date: 20/05/2014

';A seductive page-turner' about a murderously ambitious cable-news star by the New York Timesbestselling author ofLabor Day (The New York Times Book Review). Local weather reporter Suzanne Maretto craves nothing more than to transcend life at her suburban cable television news station and follow in the footsteps of her idol: Barbara Walters. When she concludes that her unglamorous husband is getting in the way of her dream of stardom, the solution seems obvious: Get rid of him. She seduces a fifteen-year-old admirer, Jimmy, and persuades him to do her dirty work. Mission accomplished, Suzanne takes to the airwaves in her new role as grieving widow, in search of a TV deal. If that means selling Jimmy down the river, she's ready. Maynard's brilliant, funny, and groundbreaking noveladapted by Gus Van Sant into the cult classic movie of the same name, starring Nicole Kidmanwas first published in 1992 before the era of manufactured stardom and the phenomenon of televised murder trials as entertainment. The book still stands as a razor-sharp satire of celebrity-fixated culture and the American obsession with TVa novel that imagined the phenomenon of reality television before its creation, with alternately bone-chilling and hilarious accuracy.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Joyce Maynard including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

After Her A Novel

After Her A Novel

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/2014

Labor Day

Labor Day

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2014

With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, thirteen-year-old Henry—lonely, friendless, not too good at sports—spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming about the soft skin and budding bodies of his female classmates. For company Henry has his long-divorced mother, Adele—a onetime dancer whose summer project was to teach him how to foxtrot; his hamster, Joe; and awkward Saturday-night outings to Friendly's with his estranged father and new stepfamily. As much as he tries, Henry knows that even with his jokes and his "Husband for a Day" coupon, he still can't make his emotionally fragile mother happy. Adele has a secret that makes it hard for her to leave their house, and seems to possess an irreparably broken heart.

At Home in the World

At Home in the World

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: eBook Release Date: 03/09/2013

In the spring of 1972, Joyce Maynard, a freshman at Yale, published a cover story in The New York Times Magazine about life in the sixties. Among the many letters of praise, offers for writing assignments, and request for interviews was a one-page letter from the famously reclusive author, J.D. Salinger.At Home in the World is the story of a girl who loved and lived with J.D. Salinger, and the woman she became. A crucial turning point in Joyce Maynard's life occurred when her own daughter turned eighteen--the age Maynard was when Salinger first approached her. Breaking a twenty-five year silence, Joyce Maynard addresses her relationship with Salinger for the first time, as well as the complicated, troubled and yet creative nature of her youth and family. She vividly describes the details of the times and her life with the finesse of a natural storyteller.Courageously written by a women determined to allow her life to unfold with authenticity, At Home in the World is a testament to the resiliency of the spirit and the honesty of an unwavering eye.

Looking Back

Looking Back

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: eBook Release Date: 17/04/2012

A special anniversary edition of Joyce Maynard's groundbreaking memoir about coming of age in one of America's most defining decadesJoyce Maynard was eighteen years old when her 1972 New York Times Magazine cover story catapulted her to national prominence. Published one year later, Looking Back is her remarkable follow-uppart memoir, part cultural history, and part social critique. She wrote about diving under her desk for air-raid practice during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and catching the first glimpse (on the cover of Life magazine) of a human fetus in utero. Extraordinarily frank, sincere, and opinionated, Maynard seemed unafraid to take on any subjectincluding herself. But as she reveals in a poignant and candid new foreword, she carefully kept her inner life off the page. She didn't write about her difficult relationship with her mother, or her father's alcoholism, or the fact that her best friend at college had struggled with the knowledge that he was gay. And she did not mention the most important part of her life at the time she was writing this book: her relationship with reclusive author J. D. Salinger, who read and corrected every page, even as he condemned her for writing it. In this special anniversary edition, Maynard's candid introductory reflections on the girl behind the girl who wrote Looking Back lend a new dimension to this iconic analysis of a generation. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Joyce Maynard including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

Domestic Affairs

Domestic Affairs

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: eBook Release Date: 17/04/2012

An unforgettable collection of essays on the everyday thrills and challenges of marriage and motherhood, from one of America's best-loved memoiristsWitty and insightful, Domestic Affairs is an extension of Joyce Maynard's celebrated, widely syndicated newspaper column of the same name that ran from 1984 to 1990. Each essay gives an unfiltered look at the ups and downs of family life and a remarkable window into the challenges of modern motherhood. Topics range from babysitter woes to family visits to coping with a child's burgeoning independence. These collected writings represent nine years' worth of stories about the greatest adventure of Maynard's life, or, as she writes, ';the difficult, exhausting, humbling, and endlessly gratifying business of raising children, of ensuring the health of both body and soul.'This ebook features an illustrated biography of Joyce Maynard including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

Baby Love

Baby Love

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: eBook Release Date: 17/04/2012

Maynard's captivating novel of four teenage girls, bound together by early motherhood and forever changed by the arrival of two women in their small New England townIn their New Hampshire community, Sandy, Jill, Tara, and Wanda are different from other teenage girls. Jill is pregnant, while the other three are already mothers. Sandy, at eighteen, is married. Tara, the product of a broken family, is raising her baby alone. Wanda, with her three-month-old, still manages to date despite the demands of motherhood. Though their situations are different, the girls are united by their baby love. When two childless women arrive from out of town, the young mothers quickly capture their attention. But just as the women's worlds begin to intertwine, a catastrophe threatens to sweep through townand change their lives forever.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Joyce Maynard including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

To Die For

To Die For

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: eBook Release Date: 17/04/2012

';A seductive page-turner' about a murderously ambitious cable-news star by the New York Timesbestselling author ofLabor Day (The New York Times Book Review). Local weather reporter Suzanne Maretto craves nothing more than to transcend life at her suburban cable television news station and follow in the footsteps of her idol: Barbara Walters. When she concludes that her unglamorous husband is getting in the way of her dream of stardom, the solution seems obvious: Get rid of him. She seduces a fifteen-year-old admirer, Jimmy, and persuades him to do her dirty work. Mission accomplished, Suzanne takes to the airwaves in her new role as grieving widow, in search of a TV deal. If that means selling Jimmy down the river, she's ready. Maynard's brilliant, funny, and groundbreaking noveladapted by Gus Van Sant into the cult classic movie of the same name, starring Nicole Kidmanwas first published in 1992 before the era of manufactured stardom and the phenomenon of televised murder trials as entertainment. The book still stands as a razor-sharp satire of celebrity-fixated culture and the American obsession with TVa novel that imagined the phenomenon of reality television before its creation, with alternately bone-chilling and hilarious accuracy.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Joyce Maynard including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

Good Daughters

Good Daughters

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2010

A story of choices and events so intimate I felt I was part of it. The novel is wrenching, the emotions radiant, and it will leave readers transformedLuanne Rice, author of The Deep Blue Sea for BeginnersJoyce Maynard has outdone herself in this beautifully written story youll find hard to put down and impossible to forget.Elizabeth Berg, author of The Last Time I Saw You Bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Labor Day, Joyce Maynard now brings us The Good Daughters, a spellbinding novel about friendship, family secrets, and the strange, unexpected twists of fate that shape our lives. The story of two women born the same day in the same hospital, but raised in vastly different emotional environments, The Good Daughters is another high note in Maynards already distinguished writing career.

Labor Day A Novel

Labor Day A Novel

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2010

Joyce Maynard is in top-notch form with Labor Day. Simply a novel you cannot miss. -Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and Keeping Faith Maynard has created an ensemble of characters that will sneak into your heart, and warm it while it breaks. -St. Petersburg Times Joyce Maynard, acclaimed author of At Home in the World, is back with Labor Day. The unforgettable story of a mother and son forever changed during a long summer weekend when a mysterious man comes into their lives. Labor Day is a sexy, page turning, poignant story (Jane Hamilton, author of A Map of the World) that affirms Maynard's reputation as a master storyteller and shows her to be a passionate humanist with a gifted ear and heart (People)

At Home In The World A Life With J D Salinger

At Home In The World A Life With J D Salinger

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/2010

In 1972, Joyce Maynard, an undergraduate at Yale, wrote an article for the New York Times Magazine called 'An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back on Life'. Among the hundreds of letters she received as a result, one expressed deep affection for her writing, and concern at the exploitation that she might be subjected to. The writer was J.D. Salinger, author of Catcher in the Rye and famous recluse. Their correspondence led first to friendship, and then to love, and after a few months she dropped out of college to live with him. In spite of the thirty-five year difference in their ages, she believed they would be together always - but after a year, he sent her away. Courageous, beautifully written and affecting, this book is destined to become a classic memoir of a modern woman's life.

Cloud Chamber

Cloud Chamber

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2009

The minute the school bus carrying Nate Chance and his little sister, Junie, pulls up in front of his family's farmhouse, Nate can tell something's terribly wrong: Somehow his father has been wounded by a gunshot. Nate sees him stagger across the yard, then watches as the police take him away. Then, nothing. Nobody in the family will say what happened, or where Nate's dad has gone. At school, his best friend, Larry, won't talk to him, and kids whisper that his dad's a ';psycho.' Back home, police keep showing up with questions for his mom; and then there's Junie, worried that Mom will sell her beloved pony and counting on her big brother to figure out a way to reach their dad. But the science fair is coming up, and Nate has a plan. If he can just win first prize with his amazing cloud chamber project, he'll get to go to the state finals, near the hospital where his dad's been locked away. And since it was his dad who taught him to love scienceand the starsit seems like maybe the magic of the cloud chamber can bring the family together again, too. Too bad he has to work on it with the weirdest, most unpopular girl in school, Naomi, with her goofy hair and nutty idea that the two of them should be best friends. The craziest part is, she just might be right.

Labor Day

Labor Day

Author: Joyce Maynard Format: eBook Release Date: 28/07/2009

Joyce Maynard is in top-notch form withLabor Day. Simply a novel you cannot miss.Jodi Picoult,New York Timesbestselling author ofMy Sisters KeeperandKeeping FaithMaynard has created an ensemble of characters that will sneak into your heart, and warm it while it breaks.St. Petersburg TimesJoyce Maynard, acclaimed author ofAt Home in the World,is back withLabor Day.Theunforgettable story of a mother and son forever changed during a long summer weekend when a mysterious man comes into their lives.Labor Day is a sexy, page turning, poignant story (Jane Hamilton, author ofA Map of the World) that affirms Maynards reputation as a master storyteller and shows her to be a passionate humanist with a gifted ear and heart (People)

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