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  • My Salinger Year | Joanna Rakoff

    My Salinger Year

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Joanna Rakoff
    • Narrated By Joanna Rakoff
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    At 23, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. Rakoff is tasked with answering Salinger’s voluminous fan mail. But as she reads the candid, heart-wrenching letters from his readers around the world, she finds herself unable to type out the agency’s decades-old form response. Instead, drawn inexorably into the emotional world of Salinger’s devotees, she abandons the template and begins writing back.

    Michael W. Meeks says: "Great on many levels"
  • A Fortunate Age | Joanna Rakoff

    A Fortunate Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joanna Rakoff
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
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    Joanna Smith Rakoff's richly drawn and immensely satisfying first novel details the lives of a group of Oberlin graduates whose ambitions and friendships threaten to unravel as they chase their dreams, shed their youth, and build their lives in Brooklyn during the late 1990s and the turn of the 21st century.

  • My Salinger Year | Joanna Rakoff

    My Salinger Year

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Joanna Rakoff
    • Narrated By Joanna Rakoff
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    At 23, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She spends her days in a plush, wood-paneled office, where Dictaphones and typewriters still reign and old-time agents doze at their desks after martini lunches. Precariously balanced between glamour and poverty, surrounded by titanic personalities, and struggling to trust her own artistic instinct, Rakoff is tasked with answering Salinger’s voluminous fan mail.

  • A Fortunate Age | Joanna Smith Rakoff

    A Fortunate Age

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joanna Smith Rakoff
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
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    A Fortunate Age chronicles the lives of twentysomething New Yorkers as they struggle with relationships, careers, and the notion of where they fit in the world. Highlighted by razor-sharp character portraits, this is a work of startling scope and complexity.

    Laurel says: "Compelling"
  • Fiction: Lives Unraveling (2010) Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Panel 1022 | Michelle Huneven,Philipp Meyer,Joanna Smith Rakoff,Christos Tsiolkas

    Fiction: Lives Unraveling (2010) Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Panel 1022

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Michelle Huneven, Philipp Meyer, Joanna Smith Rakoff, and others
    • Narrated By Patrick Brown
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    TheLos Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

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