"I told him I was Archie Goodwin, the heart, liver, lungs, and gizzard of the private detective business of Nero Wolfe, Wolfe being merely the brains. He asked sarcastically if I was a genius too, and I told him no indeed, I was comparatively human." — Archie Goodwin to a prospective client in TOO MANY WOMEN (1947) Celebrated sleuth Nero Wolfe is renowned for cracking tough cases -- and never leaving his New York apartment, where he quaffs beer and cultivates orchids. For legwork, Wolfe employs a fast-talking, wisecracking assistant named Archie, who also serves as our narrator.In Too Many Women, Wolfe and Archie are charged with investigating the mysterious goings-on at a big engineering supply company.
Richard Holmes on groundbreaking biographies (The Wall Street Journal, 3/31/17)... THE YEARS OF LYNDON JOHNSON by Robert A. Caro: "Like many a reader, I quailed before daring to enter the biographical Grand Canyon of Robert Caro’s four volumes—so far—on Lyndon Johnson. But I plunged in, and my conclusion is that Mr. Caro has utterly transformed the genre of political biography into an exhilarating all-American epic with hypnotic narrative force. The story is that of Johnson’s journey from his rural childhood in Texas to the dazzling but perilous heights of Capitol Hill (a cockpit of noble ambitions and bitter rivalries, not least between him and the whole Kennedy clan). Mr. Caro himself says that he has aimed at “a study of power,” and this is especially borne out in the gripping pages on the campaign for civil rights (volume three) and the Kennedy assassination (volume four). Many of Mr. Caro’s reflections have gained peculiar resonance today. “What if, because of the new President’s early actions in his new office, the people found that they did not have confidence in him? . . . What then might be the consequences for a democracy?” The much-used description “monumental” is wrong, in my view. Mr. Caro’s whole narrative structure is wonderfully dynamic and mobile." (Posted by the author's publisher)
“As for the human case, the generation of men come and go and are in eternity no more than bacteria upon a luminous slide, and the fall of a republic or the rise of an empire—so significant to those involved—are not detectable upon the slide even were there an interested eye to behold that steadily proliferating species which would either end in time or, with luck, become something else, since change is the nature of life, and its hope.” ―from THE GOLDEN AGE
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“We affect one another quite enough merely by existing. Whenever the stars cross, or is it comets? fragments pass briefly from one orbit to another. On rare occasions there is total collision, but most often the two simply continue without incident, neither losing more than a particle to the other, in passing.” - from THE CITY AND THE PILLAR
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A new short story collection from Everyman's Library, available today... "The worst of doing one's duty was that it apparently unfitted one for doing anything else." ―from THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton excerpted in WEDDING STORIES A bouquet of great wedding stories–by turns funny, passionate, bittersweet, and romantic–by famous writers from across the past two centuries. From F. Scott Fitzgerald to Lorrie Moore, and from Stephen Crane to Edwidge Danticat. The stories collected here–including such gems as Stephen Crane’s “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky,” O. Henry’s “The Marry Month of May,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Bridal Party,” Joy Williams’s “The Wedding,” and Lorrie Moore’s “Thank You For Having Me”–encompass comic wedding mishaps, engagements broken and mended, honeymoon adventures, and scenes both heartwarming and heartbreaking. There are glamorous weddings in Paris and New York, and more eccentric ones in the Wild West and on a remote island beach. There are nervous brides, forgetful grooms, meddling guests, interrupted nuptials, second thoughts, and second chances. Above all, there are all kinds of people–young and old, rich and poor, divorced and widowed, with or without children–joining together in the age-old quest for matrimonial happiness. READ an excerpt here: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/547587/wedding-stories-by-edited-by-diana-secker-tesdell/
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“There was a curious sense of apprehension in her heart. He was certainly very handsome. It would be thrilling to be the wife of the Governor of Bengal and very nice to be grand and have the ADCs [Aide de Camps] running about to do one’s bidding” ―from UP AT THE VILLA (1925)
"Tom appeared on the sidewalk with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush. He surveyed the fence, and all gladness left him and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit. Thirty yards of board fence nine feet high. Life to him seemed hollow, and existence but a burden." --from THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (1876)
"[Didion has] the instincts of an exceptional reporter and the focus of a historian [as well as] a novelist's appreciation for the surreal. . . . Her clarity of style illuminates the vast darkness that engulfs El Salvador." ' — Los Angeles Times Book Review
“My native gifts are not remarkable, but I have a certain force of character which has enabled me in a measure to supplement my deficiencies. I have common-sense. Most people cannot see anything, but I can see what is in the front of my nose with extreme clearness; the greatest writers can see through a brick wall. My vision is not so penetrating. For many years I have been described as a cynic; I told the truth. I wish no one to take me for other than I am, and on the other hand I see no need to accept others' pretences.” --from "A Writer's Notebook"
Rex Stout's bookplates used for books in his private library. They were designed by Stout's friend artist Rockwell Kent, and marked with "Rex Fay Stout" (artist Fay Kennedy Stout was Stout's first wife from 1916-1932).
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