Having recalled his life through the story of his physical self in Winter Journal, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster now remembers the experience of his development from within through the encounters of his interior self with the outer world in Report from the Interior.
From his baby’s-eye view of the man in the moon, to his childhood worship of the movie cowboy Buster Crabbe, to his dawning awareness of the injustices of American life, Report from the Interior charts Auster’s moral, political, and intellectual journey as he inches his way toward adulthood through the postwar 1950s and into the turbulent 1960s.
The final section of Report from the Interior recapitulates the first three parts, told in an album of pictures. A story of the times—which makes it everyone’s story—and the story of the emerging consciousness of a renowned literary artist, this four-part work answers the challenge of autobiography in ways rarely seen before.
Praise for Report from the Interior
“Report from the Interior is a fetchingly original, if eclectic, examination of what it feels like to be a young person in a puzzle-world that still hasn’t fallen into place. We all felt it as children; Auster has simply revisited it and put it into words.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Report from the Interior adds another piece to the jigsaw puzzle of one of our greatest writers.”— Shelf Awareness
“Auster is an achingly talented essayist.”— Denver Post
“The interplay of memory, identity and the creative imagination informs this portrait of the artist as a young man, a memoir that the novelist’s avid readership will find particularly compelling…. Auster has long rendered life as something of a puzzle; here are some significant, illuminating pieces.”— Kirkus
“This erratically episodic, somewhat puzzling compendium rounds out the edges to Auster’s oeuvre.”— Publishers Weekly
“A high-wire explication of his inner life… Auster’s phenomenal literary powers are generated by his equal fluency in matters emotional and cerebral. Here the origins of that sustaining duality are revealed.”— Booklist
For the first time in one volume, Day/Night brings together bestselling author Paul Auster’s existential classics Travels in the Scriptorium and Man in the Dark in order to explore some of our most pressing philosophical concerns. Who are we? What is real and not real? How does the political intersect with the person? After great loss, why are some of us unable to go on? Meant to be read in tandem, these two metaphysical novels mirror each other: two men, each confined to a room, one suddenly alert to his existence, the other desperate to escape into sleep.
In Travels in the Scriptorium (2007), elderly Mr. Blank wakes in an unfamiliar cell, with no memory of who he is or how he got there. He must use the few objects he finds and the information imparted by the day’s string of visitors to cobble together an idea of his identity. In Man in the Dark (2008), another old man, August Brill, suffering from insomnia, struggles to push away thoughts of painful personal losses by imagining what might have been.
“One of America’s greats” according to Time Out Chicago, and hailed as “a descendant of Kafka and Borges,” by Booklist, Paul Auster is the author of bestsellers The New York Trilogy, The Brooklyn Follies, and Oracle Night.
Praise for Travels in the Scriptorium
“Auster has an enormous talent for creating worlds that are both fantastic and believable….His novels are uniformly difficult to put down, a testament to his storytelling gifts.”—Timothy Peters, San Francisco Chronicle
“Archly playful and shrewdly philosophical…Celebrates the power of the imagination…the labyrinthine nature of the mind…A tribute to the transcendence of stories.”—Donna Seaman, Booklist
Praise for Man in the Dark
“Tenderness yoked to violence, literary experiment without irony—Paul Auster has outdone himself.”—John Brenkman, The Village Voice
“A novel that kept my attention from the first page all the way to the last. Frankly, it hypnotized me.”—NPR’s All Things Considered
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Gena Lee Nolin, a star of the hit TV series Baywatch, was the picture of perfect health. Then suddenly she was plagued by a baffling array of symptoms: exhaustion, brain fog, bloating, depression, hair loss, and debilitating changes in energy, weight, and mood, culminating in life-threatening symptoms during her pregnancy. Like millions of American women, Nolin was struggling with undiagnosed thyroid disease. Thyroid problems leave women feeling anything but beautiful, and often they find themselves stigmatized by friends, family, the media—even doctors. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Collaborating with New York Times bestselling author and internationally recognized thyroid advocate Mary Shomon, Nolin uses her own story to deliver practical information vital for anyone struggling with thyroid issues. Readers will learn how to get diagnosed accurately and treated effectively, how to lose weight, balance hormones, solve beauty challenges, and regain their self-confidence. Full of practical checklists, questionnaires, and advice from America’s leading experts in thyroid and hormonal health, here is a heartfelt, helpful guide for women who are ready to feel strong, sexy, and beautiful again.
Gena Lee Nolin has been in the Hollywood lights since she got her start as one of “Barker’s Beauties” on The Price Is Right. She has starred in her own series, Sheena, hosted VH-1’s Sex Appeal, and appeared on Extra, Hollywood Squares, E!, Lifetime, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Gena is active in various causes, is married to former NHL player Cale Hulse, and is a mother of three.
Mary Shomon is an internationally known patient advocate in thyroid disease, hormones, and weight loss. Author of eleven books, including the New York Times bestsellerThe Thyroid Diet, Shomon is founder and guide of the award-winning About.com thyroid site and is one of the stars of the PBS Healthy Hormones documentary series.
As World War II comes to an end, Europe’s roads are clogged with twenty million exhausted refugees walking home. Among them are Jacob and Sarah, lonely Holocaust survivors who meet in Heidelberg. But Jacob is consumed with hatred and cannot rest until he has killed his brother’s murderer, a concentration camp guard nicknamed “The Rat.” If he fulfills his oath and kills the guard, he will undoubtedly be caught, and the new life he is building with Sarah will die as well. He must choose between revenge and love, between avenging the past and building a future. What is more important, love or hate? The past or the future? Jacob’s Oath is both a love story and a riveting thriller with a very tricky ending.
With Jacob’s Oath, Fletcher brings up another touching novel of love, loyalty, and loss, set in the aftermath of the Holocaust.
Martin Fletcher, a Special Correspondent for NBC News, is one of the world’s most highly respected television news correspondents. Currently based in both Israel and New York, Fletcher has won many awards for both his writing and journalism, including the National Jewish Book Award for Walking Israel, a Columbia University duPont Award, several Overseas Press Club Awards, and five Emmys.
In 1827 six Osage people—four men and two women—traveled to Europe escorted by three Americans. Their visit was big news in France, where three short publications about the travelers appeared almost immediately. Virtually lost since the 1830s, all three accounts are gathered, translated, and annotated here for the first time in English. Among the earliest writings devoted to Osage history and culture, these works provide unique insights into Osage life and especially into European perceptions of American Indians.
Offering scholars and general readers both a compelling story and a singular glimpse into nineteenth-century cultural exchange, An Osage Journey to Europe poignantly tells of people leaving one alien nation, the United States, to visit an even more alien culture an ocean away. In France the Osages found themselves lionized as “noble savages.” They went to the theater, rode in a hot-air balloon, and even had an audience with the king of France. Many Europeans ogled them as if they were exhibits in a freak show. As the entourage moved through Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, interest in the Osages declined. Soon they were reduced to begging in the suburbs of Paris, without the means to return home.
Translated by William Least Heat-Moon and James K. Wallace, the three featured texts are surprisingly accurate as basic descriptions of Osage history, geography, and lifeways. The French authors, influenced by racist and sexist expectations, misinterpreted some of the behaviors they describe. But they also dismiss rumors of cannibalism among the Osages and observe that “the behavior of some whites . . . was not conducive to giving the Indians a favorable opinion of white morality.”
William Lease Heat-Moon is an American travel writer. He is the author of several books, including New York Times bestseller Blue Highways: A Journey into America and, most recently, Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road. He currently resides in Rocheport, Missouri.
James K. Wallace is Professor Emeritus of French at the University of Missouri.
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