This Old Man

This Old Man

All in Pieces

Book - 2015
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Roger Angell, the acclaimed New Yorker writer and editor, returns with a selection of writings that celebrate a view from the tenth decade of an engaged, vibrant life.

Long known for his range and supple prose (he is the only writer elected to membership in both the Baseball Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters), Angell won the 2015 American Society of Magazine Editors' Best Essay award for "This Old Man," which forms a centerpiece for this book. This deeply personal account is a survey of the limitations and discoveries of great age, with abundant life, poignant loss, jokes, retrieved moments, and fresh love, set down in an informal and moving fashion. A flood of readers from different generations have discovered and shared this classic piece.

Angell's fluid prose and native curiosity make him an amiable and compelling companion on the page. The book gathers essays, letters, light verse, book reviews, Talk of the Town stories, farewells, haikus, Profiles, Christmas greetings, late thoughts on the costs of war. Whether it's a Fourth of July in rural Maine, a beloved British author at work, Derek Jeter's departure, the final game of the 2014 World Series, an all-dog opera, editorial exchanges with John Updike, or a letter to a son, what links the pieces is the author's perceptions and humor, his utter absence of self-pity, and his appreciation of friends and colleagues--writers, ballplayers, editors, artists--encountered over the course of a full and generous life.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2015].
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780385541138
Branch Call Number: 818.5409 ANGELL R
Characteristics: xii, 298 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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May 16, 2017

The writing is just so graceful.

Sep 17, 2016

Baseball has a Hall of Fame; only Thomas Paine is a member of the Hall of Paine.

Jul 11, 2016

Enjoyable musings on writers and writing, friendship, baseball, letters, dogs, family, death, aging, love, loss. It's all here. Good stuff.


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