Bright  Precious Days Book
Score: 3
From 6 Ratings

Bright Precious Days


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2016-08-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101948019

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Bright Precious Days Excerpt :

From the best-selling author of Bright Lights, Big City: a sexy, vibrant, cross-generational New York story--a literary and commercial triumph of the highest order. Even decades after their arrival, Corrine and Russell Calloway still feel as if they’re living the dream that drew them to New York City in the first place: book parties or art openings one night and high-society events the next; jobs they care about (and in fact love); twin children whose birth was truly miraculous; a loft in TriBeCa and summers in the Hamptons. But all of this comes at a fiendish cost. Russell, an independent publisher, has superb cultural credentials yet minimal cash flow; as he navigates a business that requires, beyond astute literary judgment, constant financial improvisation, he encounters an audacious, potentially game-changing—or ruinous—opportunity. Meanwhile, instead of chasing personal gain in this incredibly wealthy city, Corrine devotes herself to helping feed its hungry poor, and she and her husband soon discover they’re being priced out of the newly fashionable neighborhood they’ve called home for most of their adult lives, with their son and daughter caught in the balance. Then Corrine’s world is turned upside down when the man with whom she’d had an ill-fated affair in the wake of 9/11 suddenly reappears. As the novel unfolds across a period of stupendous change—including Obama’s historic election and the global economic collapse he inherited—the Calloways will find themselves and their marriage tested more severely than they ever could have imagined.

Bright  Precious Days Book
Score: 3
From 6 Ratings

Bright Precious Days


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-09-07
  • Genre: Families
  • Pages : 417
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408876558

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Bright Precious Days Excerpt :

Russell and Corrine Calloway have spent half their lives in the bright lights of New York. Theirs is the generation that flew too close to the sun on wings of cocaine and whose lives changed irrevocably when planes crashed into the Twin Towers. Now, in 2008, Russell runs his own publishing house and Corrine manages a food redistribution programme. He clings to their loft and the illusion of downtown bohemia, while she longs to have more space for their twelve-year-old twins. Although they try to forget each other 's past indiscretions, when Jeff Pierce 's posthumous, autobiographical novel garners a new cult following, the memory of their friend begins to haunt the couple, and their marriage feels increasingly unstable. Not helped by the reappearance of Corrine 's former lover, Luke McGavock, whose ardour seems no cooler despite having a beautiful new wife in tow.

The Good Life Book
Score: 3
From 11 Ratings

The Good Life


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2006-01-31
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307264695

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The Good Life Excerpt :

In this bestselling novel, the author of Bright Lights, Big City unveils a story of love, family, conflicting desires, and catastrophic loss in a powerfully searing work of fiction. Clinging to a semiprecarious existence in TriBeCa, Corrine and Russell Calloway have survived a separation and are wonderstruck by young twins whose provenance is nothing less than miraculous. Several miles uptown and perched near the top of the Upper East Side’s social register, Luke McGavock has postponed his accumulation of wealth in an attempt to recover the sense of purpose now lacking in a life that often gives him pause. But on a September morning, brightness falls horribly from the sky, and people worlds apart suddenly find themselves working side by side at the devastated site. Wise, surprising, and, ultimately, heart-stoppingly redemptive, The Good Life captures lives that allow us to see–through personal, social, and moral complexity–more clearly into the heart of things.

Brightness Falls Book
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings

Brightness Falls


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2014-03-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408854471

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Brightness Falls Excerpt :

Corrine Calloway is a young stockbroker on Wall Street, her husband Russell an underpaid but ambitious publishing editor. The happily married couple head into New York's 1980s gold rush where prospects and money seem to be flying everywhere, and the best and the brightest vie with the worst and most craven for riches, fame and the love of beautiful people. But the Calloways soon find out that what goes up must come crashing down, both on Wall Street and at home. Brightness Falls captures lives-in-the-making: men and women confronting their sudden middle-age with wit and low behaviour, fear and confusion, and, just occasionally, a little honesty and decency.

Bright Lights  Big City Book

Bright Lights Big City


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2014-02-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408854518

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Bright Lights Big City Excerpt :

You are at a nightclub talking to a girl with a shaved head. The club is either Heartbreak or the Lizard Lounge. All might become clear if you could just slip into the bathroom and do a little more Bolivian Marching Powder. Then again, it might not... So begins our nameless hero's trawl through the brightly lit streets of Manhattan, sampling all this wonderland has to offer yet suspecting that tomorrow's hangover may be caused by more than simple excess. Bright Lights, Big City is an acclaimed classic which marked Jay McInerney as one of the major writers of our time.

These Precious Days Book
Score: 4.5
From 23 Ratings

These Precious Days


  • Author : Ann Patchett
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2021-11-23
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780063092808

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These Precious Days Excerpt :

The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays. "The elegance of Patchett’s prose is seductive and inviting: with Patchett as a guide, readers will really get to grips with the power of struggles, failures, and triumphs alike." —Publisher's Weekly “Any story that starts will also end.” As a writer, Ann Patchett knows what the outcome of her fiction will be. Life, however, often takes turns we do not see coming. Patchett ponders this truth in these wise essays that afford a fresh and intimate look into her mind and heart. At the center of These Precious Days is the title essay, a surprising and moving meditation on an unexpected friendship that explores “what it means to be seen, to find someone with whom you can be your best and most complete self.” When Patchett chose an early galley of actor and producer Tom Hanks’ short story collection to read one night before bed, she had no idea that this single choice would be life changing. It would introduce her to a remarkable woman—Tom’s brilliant assistant Sooki—with whom she would form a profound bond that held monumental consequences for them both. A literary alchemist, Patchett plumbs the depths of her experiences to create gold: engaging and moving pieces that are both self-portrait and landscape, each vibrant with emotion and rich in insight. Turning her writer’s eye on her own experiences, she transforms the private into the universal, providing us all a way to look at our own worlds anew, and reminds how fleeting and enigmatic life can be. From the enchantments of Kate DiCamillo’s children’s books (author of The Beatryce Prophecy) to youthful memories of Paris; the cherished life gifts given by her three fathers to the unexpected influence of Charles Schultz’s Snoopy; the expansive vision of Eudora Welty to the importance of knitting, Patchett connects life and art as she illuminates what matte

Bright  Precious Days Book
Score: 3
From 6 Ratings

Bright Precious Days


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2017-05-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 397
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101972267

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Bright Precious Days Excerpt :

Russell and Corrine Calloway seem to be living the New York dream. Then Corrine's world is turned upside down when the man with whom she'd had an ill-fated affair in the wake of 9/11 suddenly reappears. As the novel unfolds across a period of stupendous change, the Calloways will find themselves and their marriage tested more severely than they ever could have anticipated. Print run 75,000.

How It Ended Book
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

How It Ended


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2014-02-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408854495

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How It Ended Excerpt :

Discover a world of sex, excess and urban paranoia where worlds collide, relationships fragment and the dark underbelly of the American dream is exposed. A transsexual prostitute accidentally propositions his own father. A senator's serial infidelities leave him in hot water. And two young lovers spend Christmas together high on different drugs. McInerney's characters struggle together in a shifting world where old certainties dissolve and nobody can be sure of where they stand.

Ransom Book

Ransom


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-08-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307763259

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Ransom Excerpt :

Ransom, Jay McInerney's second novel, belongs to the distinguished tradition of novels about exile. Living in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, Christopher Ransom seeks a purity and simplicity he could not find at home, and tries to exorcise the terror he encountered earlier in his travels—a blur of violence and death at the Khyber Pass.Ransom has managed to regain control, chiefly through the rigors of karate. Supporting himself by teaching English to eager Japanese businessmen, he finds company with impresario Miles Ryder and fellow expatriates whose headquarters is Buffalo Rome, a blues-bar that satisfies the hearty local appetite for Americana and accommodates the drifters pouring through Asia in the years immediately after the fall of Vietnam.Increasingly, Ransom and his circle are threatened, by everything they thought they had left behind, in a sequence of events whose consequences Ransom can forestall but cannot change.Jay McInerney details the pattern of adventure and disillusionment that leads Christopher Ransom toward an inevitable reckoning with his fate—in a novel of grand scale and serious implications.

Bright Precious Thing Book
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

Bright Precious Thing


  • Author : Gail Caldwell
  • Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2021-06-15
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 209
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525510079

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Bright Precious Thing Excerpt :

From the New York Times bestselling author of Let’s Take the Long Way Home comes a moving memoir about how the women’s movement revolutionized and saved her life, from the 1960s to the Me Too era. In a voice as candid as it is evocative, Gail Caldwell traces a path from her west Texas girlhood through her emergence as a young daredevil, then as a feminist—a journey that reflected seismic shifts in the culture itself. Caldwell’s travels took her to California and Mexico and dark country roads, and the dangers she encountered were rivaled only by the personal demons she faced. Bright Precious Thing is the captivating story of a woman’s odyssey, her search for adventure giving way to something more profound: the evolution of a writer and a woman, a struggle to embrace one’s life as a precious thing. Told against a contrasting backdrop of the present day, including the author’s friendship with a young neighborhood girl, Bright Precious Thing unfolds with the same heart and narrative grace of Caldwell’s Let’s Take the Long Way Home, called “a lovely gift to readers” by The Washington Post. Bright Precious Thing is a book about finding, then protecting, what we cherish most.

The Juice Book

The Juice


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2013-05-23
  • Genre: Wine and wine making
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408833285

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The Juice Excerpt :

Jay McInerney has written unique, witty, vinous essays for over a decade. Here, with his trademark flair and expertise, McInerney provides a master class in the almost infinite varieties of wine, creating a collage of the people and places that produce it all over the world, from historic past to the often confusing present. Stretching from France and South Africa to Australia and New Zealand, McInerney's tour is a comprehensive and thirst-inducing expedition that explores viticulture, investigates great champagne and delves into a vast array of styles, capturing the passion that so many people feel for the world of wine.

Wine Reads Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Wine Reads


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Release Date : 2018-11-06
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 500
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802146717

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Wine Reads Excerpt :

“For wine enthusiasts and newcomers alike, a sharp gathering of writing about wine’s multidimensional, occasionally subversive pleasures.” —Kirkus Reviews In this anthology, Jay McInerney—bestselling novelist, winner of a James Beard MFK Fisher Award for Distinguished Writing, and acclaimed wine columnist for Town & Country, Wall Street Journal, and House and Garden—selects over twenty pieces of memorable fiction and nonfiction about the making, selling, and of course, drinking of fine wine. Including short stories, novel excerpts, memoir, and narrative nonfiction, Wine Reads features big names in the trade and literary heavyweights alike. We follow Kermit Lynch to the Northern Rhône in a chapter from his classic Adventures on the Wine Route. In an excerpt from Between Meals, long-time New Yorker writer A.J. Liebling raises feeding and imbibing on a budget in Paris into something of an art form—and discovers a very good rosé along the way. Michael Dibdin’s fictional Venetian detective Aurelio Zen gets a lesson in Barolo, Barbaresco, and Brunello vintages from an eccentric celebrity. In real life, and over half a century ago, Jewish-Czech writer and gourmet Joseph Wechsberg visits the medieval Château d’Yquem to sample different years of the “roi des vins” alongside a French connoisseur who had his first taste of wine at age four. Also showcasing an iconic scene from Rex Pickett’s Sideways and work by Jancis Robinson, Benjamin Wallace, and McInerney himself, this is an essential volume for any disciple of Bacchus. “There are plenty of bright notes of flavor in this anthology to make it worthy reading, preferably with a glass in hand.” —Publishers Weekly

The Last of the Savages Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The Last of the Savages


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-08-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307763235

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The Last of the Savages Excerpt :

From the bestselling author of Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls comes a chronicle of a generation, as enacted by two men who represent all the passions and extremes of the class of 1969. Patrick Keane and Will Savage meet at prep school at the beginning of the explosive '60s. Over the next 30 years, they remain friends even as they pursue radically divergent destinies--and harbor secrets that defy rebellion and conformity.

Model Behavior Book

Model Behavior


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 177
  • ISBN 10 : 9780679749530

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Model Behavior Excerpt :

Celebrity journalist Connor McKnight is forced to confront a suddenly remote, longtime girlfriend, anxieties about his life and career, and confusion over his future.

Hystopia Book
Score: 2
From 4 Ratings

Hystopia


  • Author : David Means
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2016-05-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571330140

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Hystopia Excerpt :

At the bitter end of the 1960s, after surviving multiple assassination attempts, President John F. Kennedy has created a vast federal agency, the Psych Corps, dedicated to maintaining the nation's mental hygiene by any means necessary. Soldiers returning from Vietnam have their battlefield traumas "enfolded"-wiped from their memories through drugs and therapy-while veterans too damaged to be enfolded roam at will in Michigan, evading the Psych Corps and reenacting atrocities on civilians. This destabilized, alternate version of American history is the vision of the twenty-two-year-old veteran Eugene Allen, who has returned from Vietnam to write the book at the center of Hystopia, the long-awaited first novel by David Means. In Hystopia, Means brings his full talent to bear on the crazy reality of trauma, both national and personal. Outlandish and tender, funny and violent, timely and historical, Hystopia invites us to consider whether our traumas can ever be truly overcome. The answers it offers are wildly inventive, deeply rooted in its characters, and wrung from the author's own heart.