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My Salinger Year
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The Devil Wears Prada with a whiff of Mad Men and Girls - a charming coming-of-age memoir about a young woman who lands a job assisting J.D. Salinger's literary agent in the 1990s

About the Author

Joanna Rakoff is a poet and the author of the novel A Fortunate Age, which won the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers, was a New York Times Editors' Pick, a winner of the Elle Readers' Prize and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. As a journalist and critic, she has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Time Out and O:The Oprah Magazine. The BBC produced a radio documentary following her as she tracked down the writer of her favourite Salinger fan letter. She has degrees from Columbia University, University College London and Oberlin College. Joanna Rakoff lives in Boston. www.joannasmithrakoff.com

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Here is the story of a reader becoming a writer, of a young woman deciding who she will be, of the power of books. Here is a memoir that manages to be dreamlike but sharp, poignant but unsentimental. Here is a book I'm going to have to insist you read immediately -- Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements
Joanna Rakoff is the literary world's Lena Dunham, both of them witty, sensitive, elegantly baffled, zeitgeist-hitting Brooklyn ladies of their respective half-generations -- Sheila Weller, author of the New York Times bestseller, Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon-and the Journey of a Generation
This is an impossibly excellent read-a glowingly entertaining, miss-your-subway-stop engrossing, note-perfect piece of storytelling -- Charles Bock, author of New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Children
An utterly beguiling memoir, not only about Salinger and a bygone era of publishing, but about relationships, finding one's voice, and surviving in the big city -- Caroline Sanderson * Bookseller *
A warm, witty, occasionally sly piece of storytelling ... An affectionate love letter to a first job in an industry that in just 20 years has changed beyond recognition -- Sam Baker * Harper's Bazaar *
My Salinger Year's reference points, from the Brooklyn brownstones to the Danish pastries wolfed on the number 6 train to 51st Street, are all American, but the emotional landscape it conjures up will be just as true for readers on this side of the pond. Anyone who has struggled to find their bearings as an unworldly young adult will be deeply moved by it - I certainly was -- Emma Hughes * Country Life *
This book is hard to put down... irresistible -- Lucy Atkins
* Sunday Times *
Like a literary The Devil Wears Prada ... an irresistible read * Harper's Bazaar *
Anyone who has ever dreamed of a life in books will find much to love in Joanna Rakoff's memoir ... Funny and knowing, it's both an idiosyncratic tribute to Salinger's writing and an affirmation of the power of books to spark tectonic human connections * Metro *
Extraordinary ... Gripping and funny ... My Salinger Year is a treat even Jerry might have enjoyed -- Rachel Cooke * Observer *
An elegant memoir -- Jane Shilling * Sunday Telegraph *
In prose that is clear, precise and evocative, Rakoff renders her people and places touchably real -- Hannah McGill * Independent *
This is a funny, delightful, coming-of-age memoir that completely caught me off guard. So absorbing is it that I devoured the whole thing in one sitting * Woman & Home *
A charming coming-of-age memoir that fizzes with youthful energy and bookish insight * Good Housekeeping *
Spellbinding ... You don't have to be a Salinger fan to fall under Rakoff's spell; I'm not and I did -- Laura Miller * Guardian *
Poignant and witty * Company Magazine *
Elegantly written, wryly observed, Rakoff's memoir is a high-quality literary snack * Financial Times *
This is a book for book lovers; not just those who love stories, but those fascinated with peeking "behind the curtain" ... A magnificent portrait of a fascinating year; a pleasure to read * Irish Examiner *
Rakoff's raw, honest descriptions of her life in Brooklyn and her loser boyfriend turn this book into a coming of age tale, as Catcher is. But My Salinger Year is more than just a snapshot of a particular time and place. The most powerful and original parts of the book describe the intimate relationships Rakoff establishes with the readers through their letters and explore her theory that ultimately writing is an anatomy of loss * Literary Review *
A coming-of-age book ... fun and easy to read -- Ann Cleeves * People's Friend *
[An] evocative memoir ... A lively period piece played out against the alluring backdrop of Manhattan -- Emma Hagestadt * Independent *

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