Let Me Finish by Roger Angell

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Widely known as an original and graceful writer, Roger Angell has developed a devoted following through his essays in the New Yorker. Now, in Let Me Finish, a deeply personal, fresh form of autobiography, he takes an unsentimental look at his early days as a boy growing up in Prohibition-era New York with a remarkable father; a mother, Katharine White, who was a founding editor of the New Yorker; and a famous stepfather, the writer E. B. White.

Intimate, funny, and moving portraits form the book’s centerpiece as Angell remembers his surprising relatives, his early attraction to baseball in the time of Ruth and Gehrig and DiMaggio, and his vivid colleagues during a long career as a New Yorker writer and editor. Infused with pleasure and sadness, Angell’s disarming memoir also evokes an attachment to life’s better moments.


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ROGER ANGELL joined The New Yorker as a fiction editor in 1962. He is the author of seven celebrated baseball books, including Game Time: A Baseball Companion. He lives in New York and Maine.
Published June 4, 2007 by Mariner Books. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Angell loved his mother, loved White, loved his first wife (not much here about the cause of their 1960s divorce), loved his coworkers, loved his job.

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Roger Angell has enjoyed, as he puts it in the final pages of "Let Me Finish," "a life sheltered by privilege and engrossing work, and shot through with good luck."

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Book Reporter

With almost unnatural clarity, he captures the awkward essence of growing up in a broken home by recounting the details of possibly the most important morning of a young boy's life --- Christmas morning --- first at his father's and then again, after an overstuffed and anxious taxi ride across to...

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USA Today

He writes more about editing than writing. He grew up amid literary gentility and led a life "sheltered by privilege and engrossing work, and shot through with good luck," but he wears all that lightly. About his stepfather, who wrote Charlotte's Web and co-wrote...

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The Atlantic

Shields (Holt) Reviewed by Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz ( "Cover to Cover," July/August 2006) "A life of Harper Lee, who wrote one novel and then dropped from sight, refusing all interview requests (including the author's) for the past forty years."

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