Don't Save Anything by James Salter
Uncollected Essays, Articles, and Profiles

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Salter was a wonderful writer, and his novels still resonate. His nonfiction could be awfully good, too, yet as this collection demonstrates, even he filed a few clunkers.
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"The collection offers something for every taste, along with a fascinating mosaic-like view of Salter's unfailingly interesting life." ―Harper's Bazaar, 1 of 8 New Books You Need to Read in November

One of the greatest writers of American sentences in our literary history, James Salter’s acute and glimmering portrayals of characters are built with a restrained and poetic style. The author of several memorable works of fiction―including Dusk and Other Stories, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award―he is also celebrated for his memoir Burning the Days and many nonfiction essays.

In her preface, Kay Eldredge Salter writes, “Don’t Save Anything is a volume of the best of Jim’s nonfiction―articles published but never collected in one place until now. Though those many boxes were overflowing with papers, in the end it’s not really a matter of quantity. These pieces reveal some of the breadth and depth of Jim’s endless interest in the world and the people in it . . . One of the great pleasures in writing nonfiction is the writer’s feeling of exploration, of learning about things he doesn’t know, of finding out by reading and observing and asking questions, and then writing it down. That’s what you’ll find here.”

This collection gathers Salter’s thoughts on writing and profiles of important writers, observations of the changing American military life, evocations of Aspen winters, musings on mountain climbing and skiing, and tales of travels to Europe that first appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, People, Condé Nast Traveler, the Aspen Times, among other publications.
 

About James Salter

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James Salter is the author of five novels, including The Arm of Flesh, Solo Faces, A Sport and a Pastime, and Light Years, as well as a memoir, Burning the Days. His collection of short fiction Dusk and Other Stories was awarded the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988.
 
Published November 1, 2017 by Counterpoint. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Travel, Cooking. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kevin Canfield on Dec 08 2017

Salter was a wonderful writer, and his novels still resonate. His nonfiction could be awfully good, too, yet as this collection demonstrates, even he filed a few clunkers.

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