This Old Man: All in Pieces (Paperback)
Title: This Old Man
You can forget about Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow Coloring Book-- it's a mindless pleasure dancing in a publisher's head-- this is the real deal for a gift for your literary need-to-buy-for guy.
Angell calls it "a dog's breakfast" and I call this miscellany a grateful survey of his Life and work, at The New Yorker and with his family, dog, and fellow writers.
He's a master stylist, vivid with wit and nearly a century of memories (failing) and remembered frtiends (fondly). E. B. White, Derek Jeter, William Steig, and other past masters have their star turns. The best essay, "This Old Man," is worth the price of admission alone and a model for memoir. Like his collection Let Me Finish, this book comes highly recommended by this Booklofter.
With a knick-knack paddywhack, give your dog a bone, this old man came rolling home.— From Mark
Roger Angell, the acclaimed New Yorker writer and editor, steps up with a selection of writings that celebrate a view from the tenth decade of an engaged, vibrant life. Whether it's a Fourth of July in rural Maine, the opening game of the 2015 World Series, editorial exchanges with John Updike, a letter to a son, or his award-winning essay on aging, This Old Man, what links the pieces is Angell's unique perceptions and humor, his utter absence of self-pity, and his appreciation of friends and colleagues encountered over a fruitful career unlike any other.
About the Author
Roger Angell is a senior fiction editor and a longtime contributor with The New Yorker. His writings for the magazine include reporting, commentary, fiction, humor, film and book reviews, and, for many years, the magazine's Christmas verse, "Greetings, Friends!" His eleven books include such baseball classics as The Summer Game, Five Seasons, and Game Time, and, most recently, a memoir, Let Me Finish. His awards include a George Polk Award for Commentary; the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse, presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters; a PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing; and the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, the highest honor given to writers by the Baseball Hall of Fame. His New Yorker piece "This Old Man" won the 2015 prize for Essays and Criticism awarded by the American Society of Magazine Editors. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Mr. Angell lives in New York and Maine.