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  • The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait | Blake Bailey

    The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Blake Bailey
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (60)
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    (52)
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    Meet the Baileys: Burck, a prosperous lawyer once voted the American Legion's "Citizen of the Year" in his tiny hometown of Vinita, Oklahoma; his wife Marlies, who longs to recapture her festive life in Greenwich Village as a pretty young German immigrant, fresh off the boat; their addled son Scott, who repeatedly crashes the family Porsche; and Blake, the younger son, trying to find a way through the storm. "You're gonna be just like me," a drunken Scott taunts him. "You're gonna be worse."

    Margaret says: "Well-written but sorry I read it."
  • Cheever: A Life | Blake Bailey

    Cheever: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Blake Bailey
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
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    (25)
    Story
    (23)

    John Cheever was a soul in conflict, a high-school dropout who published his first story at 18, a dire alcoholic who recovered to write the great novel Falconer, a secret bisexual who struggled with his longings and his fierce homophobia, whose groundbreaking work landed him on the covers of Time and Newsweek, a man who believed in the power of family love and sexual pleasure, a man whose desperate loneliness was never wholly offset by his faith in the joy of creation.

    susan says: "What feast for Cheever enthusiasts!"
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