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Let Me Finish (Paperback)
Title: Let Me Finish
Now this is a memoir. (Forget Frey's Million Little Pieces.)
Roger Angell has lived a charmed life in his 80+ years and has written about it with grace, modesty and wit. his prose style has an emotional and mindful immediacy that enthralls. From stories of his love of baseball (Ruth, Gehrig and DiMaggio) to brief sketches of his New Yorker colleagues (William Maxwell, Donald Barthelme), Angell delivers a series of greatly pleasing reads. I especially liked the family portraits of his aunt and mother and (most moving) his stepfather, E.B. White.
his recollections of driving cars in the 30's, his army experience of WWII, as well as his worl editing fiction at The New Yorker, are fascinating and free of expected sentiment. Like its author, this book covers a lot of ground and doesn't disappoint. I recommend it highly.— From Mark's Past Picks
— From Mark's Past Picks
Widely known as an original and graceful writer, Roger Angell has developed a devoted following through his essays in the New Yorker. Now, in Let Me Finish, a deeply personal, fresh form of autobiography, he takes an unsentimental look at his early days as a boy growing up in Prohibition-era New York with a remarkable father; a mother, Katharine White, who was a founding editor of the New Yorker; and a famous stepfather, the writer E. B. White.
Intimate, funny, and moving portraits form the book’s centerpiece as Angell remembers his surprising relatives, his early attraction to baseball in the time of Ruth and Gehrig and DiMaggio, and his vivid colleagues during a long career as a New Yorker writer and editor. Infused with pleasure and sadness, Angell’s disarming memoir also evokes an attachment to life’s better moments.
About the Author
ROGER ANGELL joined The New Yorker as a fiction editor in 1962. He is the author of seven celebrated baseball books, including Game Time: A Baseball Companion. He lives in New York and Maine.
PRAISE FOR ROGER ANGELL
"Roger Angell . . . comes from the magazine writer's school of sportswriting: calm, meditative, not deadline driven or space cramped, free to follow the fast-and-slow, squeeze-and-relax rhythms of the game."-TIME
"Angell is the best baseball essayist around. His relaxed prose glides across the page with a confident grace that most writers-let alone baseball writers-would kill for."-CHICAGO TRIBUNE