A Manual for Cleaning Women Book
Score: 4
From 20 Ratings

A Manual for Cleaning Women


  • Author : Lucia Berlin
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2015-08-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374712860

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A Manual for Cleaning Women Excerpt :

"I have always had faith that the best writers will rise to the top, like cream, sooner or later, and will become exactly as well-known as they should be-their work talked about, quoted, taught, performed, filmed, set to music, anthologized. Perhaps, with the present collection, Lucia Berlin will begin to gain the attention she deserves." -Lydia Davis A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With the grit of Raymond Carver, the humor of Grace Paley, and a blend of wit and melancholy all her own, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday, uncovering moments of grace in the Laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, among switchboard operators and struggling mothers, hitchhikers and bad Christians. Readers will revel in this remarkable collection from a master of the form and wonder how they'd ever overlooked her in the first place.

A Manual for Cleaning Women Book
Score: 4
From 20 Ratings

A Manual for Cleaning Women


  • Author : Lucia Berlin
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2015-10-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781447294900

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A Manual for Cleaning Women Excerpt :

The New York Times bestseller. 'This selection of 43 stories should by all rights see Lucia Berlin as lauded as Jean Rhys or Raymond Carver' - Independent Introduced by Lydia Davis, Lucia Berlin's stories in A Manual for Cleaning Women make for one of the most remarkable unsung collections in twentieth-century American fiction. With extraordinary honesty and magnetism, Lucia Berlin invites us into her rich, itinerant life: the drink and the mess and the pain and the beauty and the moments of surprise and of grace. Her voice is uniquely witty, anarchic and compassionate. 'With Lucia Berlin we are very far away from the parlours of Boston and New York and quite far away, too, from the fiction of manners, unless we are speaking of very bad manners . . . The writer Lucia Berlin most puts me in mind of is the late Richard Yates.' - LRB, 1999

A Manual for Cleaning Women Book
Score: 4
From 20 Ratings

A Manual for Cleaning Women


  • Author : Lucia Berlin
  • Publisher : Picador
  • Release Date : 2015-09-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781743539941

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A Manual for Cleaning Women Excerpt :

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "This selection of 43 stories should by all rights see Lucia Berlin as lauded as Jean Rhys or Raymond Carver" Independent "In A Manual for Cleaning Women we witness the emergence of an important American writer, one who was mostly overlooked in her time. She is the real deal." New York Times The stories in A Manual for Cleaning Women make for one of the most remarkable unsung collections in twentieth-century American fiction. With extraordinary honesty and magnetism, Lucia Berlin invites us into her rich, itinerant life: the drink and the mess and the pain and the beauty and the moments of surprise and of grace. Her voice is uniquely witty, anarchic and compassionate. Celebrated for many years by those in the know, she is about to become - a decade after her death - the writer everyone is talking about. The collection will be introduced by Lydia Davis. MORE PRAISE FOR A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN "Lucia Berlin's collection of short stories, A Manual for Cleaning Women, deserves all of the posthumous praise its author has received . . . Her work is being compared to Raymond Carver" Best Books of 2015, Guardian "There is a seemingly effortless style to these beautifully observant tales of detoxing, lapsing and old affections." Sunday Express "These perfectly poised cadences are the work of a writer who knew exactly how good she was." New Statesman "Full of humor and tenderness and emphatic grace . . . Those not lucky enough to have yet encountered the writing of Lucia Berlin are in for some high-grade pleasure when they make first contact." Washington Post "Here's prose to fall hard for, from the first beautifully candid paragraph to the last. . . . I'm bowled over by her." Helen Oyeyemi "A major talent . . . A testament to a writer whose explorations of society's rougher corners deserve wider attention." Kirkus

A Manual for Cleaning Women Book
Score: 4
From 20 Ratings

A Manual for Cleaning Women


  • Author : Lucia Berlin
  • Publisher : Picador
  • Release Date : 2022-02-17
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 1529077222

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A Manual for Cleaning Women Excerpt :

The New York Times bestseller. 'This selection of 43 stories should by all rights see Lucia Berlin as lauded as Jean Rhys or Raymond Carver' - Independent Introduced by Lydia Davis, Lucia Berlin's stories in A Manual for Cleaning Women make for one of the most remarkable unsung collections in twentieth-century American fiction. With extraordinary honesty and magnetism, Lucia Berlin invites us into her rich, itinerant life: the drink and the mess and the pain and the beauty and the moments of surprise and of grace. Her voice is uniquely witty, anarchic and compassionate. 'With Lucia Berlin we are very far away from the parlours of Boston and New York and quite far away, too, from the fiction of manners, unless we are speaking of very bad manners . . . The writer Lucia Berlin most puts me in mind of is the late Richard Yates.' - LRB, 1999

Evening in Paradise Book
Score: 3.5
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Evening in Paradise


  • Author : Lucia Berlin
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2018-11-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374718312

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"Berlin probably deserved a Pulitzer Prize." —Dwight Garner, The New York Times NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE. Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The Boston Globe, Kirkus, and Lit Hub. Named a Fall Read by Buzzfeed, ELLE, TIME, Nylon, The Boston Globe, Vulture, Newsday, HuffPost, Bustle, The A.V. Club, The Millions, BUST, Reinfery29, Fast Company and MyDomaine. A collection of previously uncompiled stories from the short-story master and literary sensation Lucia Berlin In 2015, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published A Manual for Cleaning Women, a posthumous story collection by a relatively unknown writer, to wild, widespread acclaim. It was a New York Times bestseller; the paper’s Book Review named it one of the Ten Best Books of 2015; and NPR, Time, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and other outlets gave the book rave reviews. The book’s author, Lucia Berlin, earned comparisons to Raymond Carver, Grace Paley, Alice Munro, and Anton Chekhov. Evening in Paradise is a careful selection from Berlin’s remaining stories—twenty-two gems that showcase the gritty glamour that made readers fall in love with her. From Texas to Chile, Mexico to New York City, Berlin finds beauty in the darkest places and darkness in the seemingly pristine. Evening in Paradise is an essential piece of Berlin’s oeuvre, a jewel-box follow-up for new and old fans.

Angels Laundromat Book

Angels Laundromat


  • Author : Lucia Berlin
  • Publisher : Turtle Island Foundation, Netzahaulcoyotl Historical
  • Release Date : 1981
  • Genre: Short stories
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015051348699

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Where I Live Now Book

Where I Live Now


  • Author : Lucia Berlin
  • Publisher : David R. Godine Publisher
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 1574230913

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In Where I Live Now, Berlin contemplates the human condition with a compassionate understanding. Berlin's vision is sometimes remorseful, sometimes resigned, always courageous. The elusive nature of happiness is a compelling theme here: the survivors in these stories--many of them society's marginal or excluded people, fighting alcohol or drug addiction, bearing emotional scars--recognize it all too well.

Accordion Crimes Book
Score: 3
From 26 Ratings

Accordion Crimes


  • Author : Annie Proulx
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2007-12-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781416588887

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Pulitzer Prize–winning author Annie Proulx brings the immigrant experience to life in this stunning novel that traces the ownership of a simple green accordion. E. Annie Proulx’s Accordion Crimes is a masterpiece of storytelling that spans a century and a continent. Proulx brings the immigrant experience in America to life through the eyes of the descendants of Mexicans, Poles, Africans, Irish-Scots, Franco-Canadians and many others, all linked by their successive ownership of a simple green accordion. The music they make is their last link with the past—voice for their fantasies, sorrows and exuberance. Proulx’s prodigious knowledge, unforgettable characters and radiant language make Accordion Crimes a stunning novel, exhilarating in its scope and originality.

American Pharaoh Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

American Pharaoh


  • Author : Elizabeth Taylor
  • Publisher : Hachette+ORM
  • Release Date : 2001-05-08
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 511
  • ISBN 10 : 9780759524279

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This is a biography of mayor Richard J. Daley. It is the story of his rise from the working-class Irish neighbourhood of his childhood to his role as one of the most important figures in 20th century American politics.

Some Trick Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

Some Trick


  • Author : Helen DeWitt
  • Publisher : New Directions Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-10-29
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780811227834

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Hailed a “Best Book of the Year” by NPR, Publishers Weekly, Vulture, and the New York Public Library, Some Trick is now in paperback For sheer unpredictable brilliance, Gogol may come to mind, but no author alive today takes a reader as far as Helen DeWitt into the funniest, most far-reaching dimensions of possibility. Her jumping-off points might be statistics, romance, the art world’s piranha tank, games of chance and games of skill, the travails of publishing, or success. “Look,” a character begins to explain, laying out some gambit reasonably enough, even in the face of situations spinning out to their utmost logical extremes, where things prove “more complicated than they had first appeared” and “at 3 a.m. the circumstances seem to attenuate.” In various ways, each tale carries DeWitt’s signature poker-face lament regarding the near-impossibility of the life of the mind when one is made to pay to have the time for it, in a world so sadly “taken up with all sorts of paraphernalia superfluous, not to say impedimental, to ratiocination.”

Vacuum in the Dark Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

Vacuum in the Dark


  • Author : Jen Beagin
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2019-02-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501182167

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From the Whiting Award–winning author of Pretend I’m Dead and one of the most exhilarating new voices in fiction, a “thoroughly delightfully, surprisingly profound” (Entertainment Weekly) one-of-a-kind novel about a cleaning lady named Mona and her struggles to move forward in life. Soon to be an FX television show starring Lola Kirke. Mona is twenty-six and cleans houses for a living in Taos, New Mexico. She moved there mostly because of a bad boyfriend—a junkie named Mr. Disgusting, long story—and her efforts to restart her life since haven’t exactly gone as planned. For one thing, she’s got another bad boyfriend. This one she calls Dark, and he happens to be married to one of Mona’s clients. He also might be a little unstable. Dark and his wife aren’t the only complicated clients on Mona’s roster, either. There’s also the Hungarian artist couple who—with her addiction to painkillers and his lingering stares—reminds Mona of troubling aspects of her childhood, and some of the underlying reasons her life had to be restarted in the first place. As she tries to get over the heartache of her affair and the older pains of her youth, Mona winds up on an eccentric, moving journey of self-discovery that takes her back to her beginnings where she attempts to unlock the key to having a sense of home in the future. The only problems are Dark and her past. Neither is so easy to get rid of. Jen Beagin’s Vacuum in the Dark is an unforgettable, astonishing read, “by turns nutty and forlorn…Brash, deadpan, and achingly troubled” (O, The Oprah Magazine). Beagin is “a wonderfully funny writer who also happens to tackle serious subjects” (NPR).

The Murphy Stories Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

The Murphy Stories


  • Author : Mark Costello
  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Release Date : 1973
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 134
  • ISBN 10 : 0252003098

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We Are Satellites Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

We Are Satellites


  • Author : Sarah Pinsker
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2021-05-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781984802613

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We Are Satellites Excerpt :

"Taut and elegant, carefully introspected and thoughtfully explored."—The New York Times From Hugo award-winning author Sarah Pinsker comes a novel about one family and the technology that divides them. Everybody's getting one. Val and Julie just want what’s best for their kids, David and Sophie. So when teenage son David comes home one day asking for a Pilot, a new brain implant to help with school, they reluctantly agree. This is the future, after all. Soon, Julie feels mounting pressure at work to get a Pilot to keep pace with her colleagues, leaving Val and Sophie part of the shrinking minority of people without the device. Before long, the implications are clear, for the family and society: get a Pilot or get left behind. With government subsidies and no downside, why would anyone refuse? And how do you stop a technology once it's everywhere? Those are the questions Sophie and her anti-Pilot movement rise up to answer, even if it puts them up against the Pilot's powerful manufacturer and pits Sophie against the people she loves most.

The Visiting Privilege Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

The Visiting Privilege


  • Author : Joy Williams
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2015-09-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101874905

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The legendary writer’s definitive story collection, and a literary event of the highest order "Powerful, important, compassionate, and full of dark humor. This is a book that will be reread with admiration and love many times over.” —Vanity Fair Joy Williams has been celebrated as a master of the short story for four decades, her renown passing as a given from one generation to the next even in the shifting landscape of contemporary writing. At long last the incredible scope of her singular achievement is put on display: thirty-three stories drawn from three much-lauded collections, and another thirteen appearing here for the first time in book form. Forty-six stories in all, far and away the most comprehensive volume in her long career, showcasing her crisp, elegant prose, her dark wit, and her uncanny ability to illuminate our world through characters and situations that feel at once peculiar and foreign and disturbingly familiar. Virtually all American writers have their favorite Joy Williams stories, as do many readers of all ages, and each one of them is available here.