Hand to Mouth by Paul Auster
A Chronicle of Early Failures

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This is the story of a young man's struggle to stay afloat. By turns poignant and comic, Paul Auster's memoir is essentially an autobiographical essay about money--and what it means not to have it. From one odd job to the next, from one failed scheme to another, Auster investigates his own stubborn compulsion to make art and describes his ingenious, often far-fetched attempts to survive on next to nothing. From the streets of New York City and Paris to the rural roads of upstate New York, the author treats us to a series of remarkable adventures and unforgettable encounters and, in several elaborate appixes, to previously unknown work from these years.


About Paul Auster

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Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Invisible, Man in the Dark, Travels in the Scriptorium, The Brooklyn Follies, and Oracle Night. I Thought My Father Was God, the NPR National Story Project anthology, which he edited, was a national bestseller. His work has been translated into thirty-five languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 
Published August 1, 2003 by Holt Paperbacks. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Auster, the highly talented novelist (New York Trilogy), poet and filmmaker (Smoke) was not always as successful as he is now, and the title section of this oddly conceived book (most of which is comprised of Auster's unpublished work) is a penetrating memoir of a young writer desperately trying ...

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(A reprint is included in its entirety here in an appendix, along with a card game and some other early stabs at making money.) Hand To Mouth is a tale of long and excruciating failure, and Auster deserves some sort of medal for wading through the morass and delivering entertainment, of a sort, a...

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Entertainment Weekly

Only the most thoroughly besotted Paul Auster fans, who tend to dwell in Brooklyn or Paris, will feel happy forking over for this stingy sliver of a memoir, which regards the now (we are gently reminded) very successful writer's early impoverishment from a long, hard, admittedly charming dis...

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It was the spring of my senior year, just weeks before I was supposed to graduate.

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