The Pleasure of Their Company

A Memoir

Author: Doris Grumbach

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497607507

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 122

View: 5036

A literary master looks ahead to her eighties As her eightieth birthday approaches, Doris Grumbach does not feel melancholy or saddened by the upcoming event, despite the loss of friends such as Kay Boyle and Dorothy Day—instead she takes it as an opportunity both to look backward and to grow. In this, her summer of unexpected content, Grumbach weaves the elegiac and the practical into a delightful tapestry of experience. She looks deep into her own history, telling stories of her life in the hardscrabble New York of the 1940s, working as a copyeditor. She details her near encounter with a seventy-two-year-old Bertrand Russell, calling it the closest she has ever come to sleeping with a Nobel Laureate. Grumbach lets us into her life and introduces us to the characters that have peopled her nearly eight decades on Earth. As the fateful day of her celebration draws near, the main topic on Doris Grumbach’s mind is not herself; it’s her guests. The Pleasure of Their Company is a meticulously planned party that any reader would be honored to attend.

The Pleasure of Their Company

A Memoir

Author: Doris Grumbach

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497607507

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 122

View: 1077

A literary master looks ahead to her eighties As her eightieth birthday approaches, Doris Grumbach does not feel melancholy or saddened by the upcoming event, despite the loss of friends such as Kay Boyle and Dorothy Day—instead she takes it as an opportunity both to look backward and to grow. In this, her summer of unexpected content, Grumbach weaves the elegiac and the practical into a delightful tapestry of experience. She looks deep into her own history, telling stories of her life in the hardscrabble New York of the 1940s, working as a copyeditor. She details her near encounter with a seventy-two-year-old Bertrand Russell, calling it the closest she has ever come to sleeping with a Nobel Laureate. Grumbach lets us into her life and introduces us to the characters that have peopled her nearly eight decades on Earth. As the fateful day of her celebration draws near, the main topic on Doris Grumbach’s mind is not herself; it’s her guests. The Pleasure of Their Company is a meticulously planned party that any reader would be honored to attend.

The Pleasure of His Company

A Journey to Intimate Friendship With God

Author: Dutch Sheets

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441261117

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 5759

Experience God's Presence in a Whole New Way There's just something about people who are close to God. Through the ups and downs of life, they remain secure, hopeful. If you want a more rewarding spiritual life, if you want the pleasure of knowing your Creator's heart, this soul-lifting book is for you. Learn from Dutch Sheets as he shares his life lessons for cultivating an intimate relationship with God. Each of the thirty short chapters reveals a simple practice or biblical mindset that will help draw you away from the noise of life and into the Lord's peaceful presence. With profound insights from the Bible and stories you won't soon forget, The Pleasure of His Company is like a spiritual mentor, showing you simple ways to enjoy God more. This powerful book can also be enjoyed as a daily devotional.

The Pleasure of My Company

A Novel

Author: Steve Martin

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 1401398804

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 6260

From the bestselling author of Shopgirl comes the tender story of a troubled man who finds love, and life, in the most unexpected place. Daniel resides in his Santa Monica apartment, living much of his life as a bystander: He watches from his window as the world goes by, and his only relationships seem to be with people who barely know he exists. He passes the time idly filling out contest applications, counting ceiling tiles, and estimating the wattage of light bulbs. It is through Daniel's growing attachment to Clarissa, and to Teddy, that he finally gains the courage to begin to engage the world outside, and in doing so, he discovers love, and life, in the most surprising places. Filled with his trademark humor, tenderness, and out and out hilarious wordplay, The Pleasure of My Company is a tour de force sure to delight all of Steve Martin's fans.

The Pleasure of Their Company

A Reminiscence

Author: Howard Taubman

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780931340789

Category: Music

Page: 342

View: 8844

(Amadeus). The New York Times music and drama critic recalls friends and associates over a 57-year career. HARDCOVER.

The pleasure of their company

an anthology of civilized writing

Author: Louis Kronenberger

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literature

Page: 653

View: 1290

The Pleasure of Their Company

A Memoir

Author: Cynthia R. Hubbard

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1468522035

Category: Nature

Page: 276

View: 4096

Women! By God, we men love them. We court them, we watch them, we crave them, we want and need them. We buy them candy and diamonds, we take care of them, we covet them. And still they drive us crazy. No matter how much we try to understand our female counterparts, no matter how much we give and give, no matter the size of the house or car or bouquet of flowers we bring them, we just never seem to be able to live with them without, at some point, seriously wanting to rid ourselves of them. And yet, no matter how much they drive us crazy, we still keep coming back for more. No use asking ourselves WHY, Men. Just accept the fact that we have to have them and let it go at that. The main thing we men have to learn, however, in order to keep our sane male outlook on life, is how to live with the little darlings. Because live with them we must, as siblings, as roommates in college, as lovers and potential long-term mates, as wives and mothers and, finally (and more or less inevitably) as daughters. Trying to live with a woman, however, is a scary proposition, one for which almost all men are ill-equipped from Day One. But don't despair, Guys. You now have a foolproof way to prepare yourselves for your everyday life with the woman of your choice. Gary Lukatch's newest book has the answers to your questions and dilemmas. Before you share your living space with a woman, all you have to do first is live with a cat. The Feline Mystique is the book to tell you how. Buy it, Read it, Profit.

The Pleasure of Reading

43 Writers on the Discovery of Reading and the Books that Inspired Them

Author: Antonia Fraser

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1632862298

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 352

View: 4805

In this delightful collection, forty acclaimed writers explain what first made them interested in literature, what inspired them to read, and what makes them continue to do so. First published in 1992 in hardback only, original contributors include Margaret Atwood, J. G. Ballard, Melvyn Bragg, A. S. Byatt, Catherine Cookson, Carol Ann Duffy, Germaine Greer, Alan Hollinghurst, Doris Lessing, Candia McWilliam, Edna O'Brien, Ruth Rendell, Tom Stoppard, Sue Townsend, and Jeanette Winterson. The new edition will include essays from ten new writers.

Parrot Training

A Guide to Taming and Gentling Your Avian Companion

Author: Bonnie Munro Doane

Publisher: *Howell Book House

ISBN: 9780764563270

Category: Pets

Page: 224

View: 9114

In paperback at last — the definitive guide to parrot training. Originally published as The Pleasure of Their Company: An Owner's Guide to Parrot Training, this amply illustrated book is just what parrot owners need to bring up happy, well-behaved pets. You get: Hands-on advice from one of the nation's foremost parrot authorities A thorough explanation of "normal" parrot behavior and the benefits of training Coverage of everything from gentling fledglings and basic obedience to potty training, speech, and tricks"

The Age of Grief

Author: Jane Smiley

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307787273

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 2439

The luminous novella and stories in The Age of Grief explore the vicissitudes of love, friendship, and marriage with all the compassion and insight that have come to be expected from Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize—winning author of A Thousand Acres. In “The Pleasure of Her Company,” a lonely, single woman befriends the married couple next door, hoping to learn the secret of their happiness. In “Long Distance,” a man finds himself relieved of the obligation to continue an affair that is no longer compelling to him, only to be waylaid by the guilt he feels at his easy escape. And in the incandescently wise and moving title novella, a dentist, aware that his wife has fallen in love with someone else, must comfort her when she is spurned, while maintaining the secret of his own complicated sorrow. Beautifully written, with a wry intelligence and a lively comic touch, The Age of Grief captures moments of great intimacy with grace, clarity, and indelible emotional power. From the Trade Paperback edition.

I Should be Extremely Happy in Your Company

A Novel of Lewis and Clark

Author: Brian Hall

Publisher: Viking Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 419

View: 2084

A fictionalized account based on the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Pacific Ocean seeks to convey what was happening in the minds of the explorers and to bring life to the collision of white and Native American cultures of the period. 35,000 first printing.

Chamber Music

A Novel

Author: Doris Grumbach

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497676703

Category: Fiction

Page: 216

View: 5939

In her later years, a woman reflects on her marriage, her stifled passions, and her life At age ninety, Caroline Maclaren, widow of the prominent composer Robert Maclaren, finally decides to tell her own story. “Perhaps the time was not right to do it before,” she remarks. But now she takes pen to paper, reliving her sheltered girlhood, her chilly marriage to a brilliant man, and—perhaps above all—the melancholy solitude in which she has lived nearly all her life. It was only when her husband fell ill that Caroline found fulfilling companionship with Anna, Robert’s caretaker. This masterful tale of loneliness and of passion late in life is widely considered to be Grumbach’s finest work. Bittersweet, touching, and profoundly resonant, Chamber Music is captivating.

The Pleasure of His Company

Author: Lindsay Evans

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1488013748

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 1150

A taste of paradise For two weeks each year, Kingsley Diallo puts aside his responsibilities as CEO of a multibillion-dollar company and heads to Aruba. It's his chance to surf, unwind and enjoy the anonymity of just blending into a crowd. Then one day he sees Adah Palmer-Mitchell on the edge of the beach and wants to make a meaningful connection with her. Instinct tells him she's keeping a secret, but the stunning island setting and Adah's sensual beauty are an irresistible combination… Disillusioned by romance, Adah agreed to an engagement to bolster her parents' business interests. Suddenly that love-free arrangement is a sacrifice she's not sure she can make. Handsome, charismatic and confident, Kingsley awakens her dormant desires, tantalizing her with the possibility of a passionate future. As their dangerous game of attraction escalates, can she choose between family loyalty…and the call of her heart?

How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like

Author: Paul Bloom

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393077117

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

View: 5602

“Engaging, evocative. . . . [Bloom] is a supple, clear writer, and his parade of counterintuitive claims about pleasure is beguiling.”—NPR Why is an artistic masterpiece worth millions more than a convincing forgery? Pleasure works in mysterious ways, as Paul Bloom reveals in this investigation of what we desire and why. Drawing on a wealth of surprising studies, Bloom investigates pleasures noble and seamy, lofty and mundane, to reveal that our enjoyment of a given thing is determined not by what we can see and touch but by our beliefs about that thing’s history, origin, and deeper nature.

The Pleasure of Your Company

Entertaining in High Style

Author: Kimberly Schlegel

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

ISBN: 1586853147

Category: Cooking

Page: 192

View: 1712

A high-class party planner profiles more than twenty events to demonstrate the fine art of entertaining, discussing invitations, themes, food, and refreshments--all the while keeping a close eye on the budget. 10,000 first printing.

For the Time Being

Author: Annie Dillard

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307477665

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

View: 5432

National Bestseller "Beautifully written and delightfully strange...as earthy as it is sublime...in the truest sense, an eye-opener." --Daily News From Annie Dillard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and one of the most compelling writers of our time, comes For the Time Being, her most profound narrative to date. With her keen eye, penchant for paradox, and yearning for truth, Dillard renews our ability to discover wonder in life's smallest--and often darkest--corners. Why do we exist? Where did we come from? How can one person matter? Dillard searches for answers in a powerful array of images: pictures of bird-headed dwarfs in the standard reference of human birth defects; ten thousand terra-cotta figures fashioned for a Chinese emperor in place of the human court that might have followed him into death; the paleontologist and theologian Teilhard de Chardin crossing the Gobi Desert; the dizzying variety of clouds. Vivid, eloquent, haunting, For the Time Being evokes no less than the terrifying grandeur of all that remains tantalizingly and troublingly beyond our understanding. "Stimulating, humbling, original--. [Dillard] illuminate[s] the human perspective of the world, past, present and future, and the individual's relatively inconsequential but ever so unique place in it."--Rocky Mountain News

The Pleasure of Your Kiss

Author: Teresa Medeiros

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439170738

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

View: 5046

Legendary adventurer Ashton Burke has roamed the globe for ten years trying to forget the spirited woman he left behind in England. His devil-may-care pursuits are interrupted, though, when he reluctantly agrees to retrieve his brother’s kidnapped fiancée from a sultan’s harem. Too late, he discovers his quarry is none other than Clarinda Cardew, the very same girl who made off with his jaded heart. The last thing Clarinda wants is to be trapped in a palace of sensual delights with the man whose irresistible kisses still haunt her sleepless nights. She quickly realizes that allowing Ashton to rescue her may put her yearning heart in even greater peril. In a journey both tantalizing and treacherous, Ashton and Clarinda resume the impetuous steps of their dangerous dance only to discover the most seductive pleasure of all may be love itself.

Why I Read

The Serious Pleasure of Books

Author: Wendy Lesser

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374709815

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 6566

"Wendy Lesser's extraordinary alertness, intelligence, and curiosity have made her one of America's most significant cultural critics," writes Stephen Greenblatt. In Why I Read, Lesser draws on a lifetime of pleasure reading and decades of editing one of the most distinguished literary magazines in the country, The Threepenny Review, to describe her love of literature. As Lesser writes in her prologue, "Reading can result in boredom or transcendence, rage or enthusiasm, depression or hilarity, empathy or contempt, depending on who you are and what the book is and how your life is shaping up at the moment you encounter it." Here the reader will discover a definition of literature that is as broad as it is broad-minded. In addition to novels and stories, Lesser explores plays, poems, and essays along with mysteries, science fiction, and memoirs. As she examines these works from such perspectives as "Character and Plot," "Novelty," "Grandeur and Intimacy," and "Authority," Why I Read sparks an overwhelming desire to put aside quotidian tasks in favor of reading. Lesser's passion for this pursuit resonates on every page, whether she is discussing the book as a physical object or a particular work's influence. "Reading literature is a way of reaching back to something bigger and older and different," she writes. "It can give you the feeling that you belong to the past as well as the present, and it can help you realize that your present will someday be someone else's past. This may be disheartening, but it can also be strangely consoling at times." A book in the spirit of E. M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel and Elizabeth Hardwick's A View of My Own, Why I Read is iconoclastic, conversational, and full of insight. It will delight those who are already avid readers as well as neophytes in search of sheer literary fun.

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

Author: Alan Jacobs

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199831678

Category: Self-Help

Page: 176

View: 1688

In recent years, cultural commentators have sounded the alarm about the dire state of reading in America. Americans are not reading enough, they say, or reading the right books, in the right way. In this book, Alan Jacobs argues that, contrary to the doomsayers, reading is alive and well in America. There are millions of devoted readers supporting hundreds of enormous bookstores and online booksellers. Oprah's Book Club is hugely influential, and a recent NEA survey reveals an actual uptick in the reading of literary fiction. Jacobs's interactions with his students and the readers of his own books, however, suggest that many readers lack confidence; they wonder whether they are reading well, with proper focus and attentiveness, with due discretion and discernment. Many have absorbed the puritanical message that reading is, first and foremost, good for you--the intellectual equivalent of eating your Brussels sprouts. For such people, indeed for all readers, Jacobs offers some simple, powerful, and much needed advice: read at whim, read what gives you delight, and do so without shame, whether it be Stephen King or the King James Version of the Bible. In contrast to the more methodical approach of Mortimer Adler's classic How to Read a Book (1940), Jacobs offers an insightful, accessible, and playfully irreverent guide for aspiring readers. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of approaching literary fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, and the book explores everything from the invention of silent reading, reading responsively, rereading, and reading on electronic devices. Invitingly written, with equal measures of wit and erudition, The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction will appeal to all readers, whether they be novices looking for direction or old hands seeking to recapture the pleasures of reading they first experienced as children.