The Memory Chalet

Penguin Books #ad - Memories of the 1968 student riots of Paris meander through the divergent sex politics of Europe, before concluding that his generation "was a revolutionary generation, but missed the revolution. A series of road trips across America lead not just to an appreciation of American history, but to an eventual acquisition of citizenship.

But there is more than one sort of luck. Foods and trains and long-lost smells all compete for Judt's attention; but for us, he has forged his reflections into an elegant arc of analysis. Each essay charts some experience or remembrance of the past through the sieve of Tony Judt's prodigious mind. A new york times book review notable book of the year"it might be thought the height of poor taste to ascribe good fortune to a healthy man with a young family struck down at the age of sixty by an incurable degenerative disorder from which he must shortly die.

The Memory Chalet #ad - His youthful love of a particular London bus route evolves into a reflection on public civility and interwar urban planning. But if you must suffer thus, better to have a well-stocked head. Tony judt the memory Chalet is a memoir unlike any you have ever read before. To fall prey to a motor neuron disease is surely to have offended the Gods at some point, and there is nothing more to be said.

All as simply and beautifully arranged as a Swiss chalet-a reassuring refuge deep in the mountains of memory.


When the Facts Change: Essays, 1995-2010

Penguin Books #ad - He was a historian of the twentieth century acutely aware of the dangers of ethnic exceptionalism, and if he was shaped by anything, it was the Jewish past and his own secularism. Included are seminal essays on the full range of judt’s concerns, before 1989 and thereafter; Israel, including Europe as an idea and in reality, the Holocaust and the Jews; American hyperpower and the world after 9/11; and issues of social inclusion and social justice in an age of increasing inequality.

Judt was at once most at home and in a state of what he called internal exile from his native England, and from America, from Europe, and he finally settled in New York—between them all. Included here too is a magnificent two-part essay on the social and political importance of railway travel to our modern conception of a good society; as well as the urgent text of “What Is Living and What Is Dead in Social Democracy, delivered from a wheelchair after he had been stricken with a terrible illness; and a tender and wise dialogue with his then-teenage son, Daniel, ” the final public speech of his life, about the different outlooks and burdens of their two generations.

To read when the facts change is to miss tony judt’s voice terribly, but to cherish it for what it was, deeply informed view on our most pressing concerns, human, and still is: a wise, delivered in good faith. Those crucial pieces are published here in book form for the first time, a compassion that instilled in Judt a sense of responsibility to speak out and try to find a better path, called “What Is to Be Done?”  These pieces are suffused with a deep compassion for the Israeli dilemma, never previously published, including an essay, away from what he saw as a road to ruin.

When the Facts Change: Essays, 1995-2010 #ad - When the facts change also contains judt’s homages to the culture heroes who were some of his greatest inspirations: Amos Elon, François Furet, Leszek Kolakowski, and perhaps above all Albert Camus, who never accepted the complacent view that the problem of evil couldn't lie within us as well as outside us.

His essays on israel ignited a firestorm debate for their forthright criticisms of Israeli government polices relating to the Palestinians and the occupied territories.


Ill Fares the Land

Penguin Books #ad - In reintroducing alternatives to the status quo, providing the tools necessary to imagine a new form of governance, Judt reinvigorates our political conversation, a new way of life. Something is profoundly wrong with the way we think about how we should live today. In ill fares the land, tony judt, one of our leading historians and thinkers, reveals how we have arrived at our present dangerously confused moment.

To find a way forward, we must look to our not so distant past and to social democracy in action: to re-enshrining fairness over mere efficiency. Distinctly absent from our national dialogue, social democrats believe that the state can play an enhanced role in our lives without threatening our liberties.

Judt masterfully crystallizes what we've all been feeling into a way to think our way into, and thus out of, our great collective dis-ease about the current state of things. As the economic collapse of 2008 made clear, the social contract that defined postwar life in Europe and America - the guarantee of a basal level of security, stability and fairness -- is no longer guaranteed; in fact, it's no longer part of the common discourse.

Ill Fares the Land #ad - Instead of placing blind faith in the market-as we have to our detriment for the past thirty years-social democrats entrust their fellow citizens and the state itself. Judt offers the language we need to address our common needs, rejecting the nihilistic individualism of the far right and the debunked socialism of the past.

For hope remains. Ill fares the land challenges us to confront our societal ills and to shoulder responsibility for the world we live in.


Thinking the Twentieth Century

Penguin Books #ad - As forgotten ideas are revisited and fashionable trends scrutinized, the shape of a century emerges. Judt and snyder draw us deep into their analysis, making us feel that we too are part of the conversation. Ideas crackle" in this triumphant final book of Tony Judt, taking readers on "a wild ride through the ideological currents and shoals of 20th century thought.

Los angeles timesthe final book of the brilliant historian and indomitable public critic Tony Judt, Thinking the Twentieth Century maps the issues and concerns of a turbulent age on to a life of intellectual conflict and engagement. The twentieth century comes to life as an age of ideas--a time when, for good and for ill, the thoughts of the few reigned over the lives of the many.

Thinking the Twentieth Century #ad - . Judt presents the triumphs and the failures of prominent intellectuals, adeptly explaining both their ideas and the risks of their political commitments. Spanning an era with unprecedented clarity and insight, Thinking the Twentieth Century is a tour-de-force, a classic engagement of modern thought by one of the century’s most incisive thinkers.

The exceptional nature of this work is evident in its very structure--a series of intimate conversations between Judt and his friend and fellow historian Timothy Snyder, grounded in the texts of the time and focused by the intensity of their vision. Judt's astounding eloquence and range are here on display as never before.

Traversing the complexities of modern life with ease, he and Snyder revive both thoughts and thinkers, guiding us through the debates that made our world. We become aware of the obligations of the present to the past, and the force of historical perspective and moral considerations in the critique and reform of society, then and now.


Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century

Penguin Books #ad - Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century #ad - Our world, we insist, is unprecedented, wholly new. The past has nothing to teach us. We have entered an age of forgetting. Drawing provocative connections between a dazzling range of subjects, from jewish intellectuals and the challenge of evil in the recent European past to the interpretation of the Cold War and the displacement of history by heritage, the late historian Tony Judt takes us beyond what we think we know of the past to explain how we came to know it, showing how much of our history has been sacrificed in the triumph of myth-making over understanding and denial over memory.

Reappraisals offers a much-needed road map back to the historical sense we urgently need.


Giving Up the Ghost: A Memoir John MacRae Books

Henry Holt and Co. #ad - Through years of misdiagnosis, she suffered patronizing psychiatric treatment and destructive surgery that left her without hope of children. Giving up the ghost, is her dazzling memoir of a career blighted by physical pain in which her singular imagination supplied compensation for the life her body was denied.

Selected by the new york times as one of the 50 best memoirs of the Past 50 Years“The story of my own childhood is a complicated sentence that I am always trying to finish, to finish and put behind me. In postwar rural england, Hilary Mantel grew up convinced that the most extraordinary feats were within her grasp.

Giving Up the Ghost: A Memoir John MacRae Books #ad - But at nineteen, she became ill. This wry and visceral memoir will certainly bring new converts to Mantel’s dark genius. Mesmerizing. The new york Times. New york times bestselling author hilary Mantel, two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize, is one of the world’s most accomplished and acclaimed fiction writers.

Beset by pain and sadness, she decided to “write herself into being”—one novel after another.


Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

Penguin Books #ad - Finalist for the pulitzer prizewinner of the council on foreign relations arthur Ross Book AwardOne of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of the YearAlmost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world's most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement.

Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through thirty-four nations and sixty years of political and cultural change-all in one integrated, both east and west, enthralling narrative.  . Both intellectually ambitious and compelling to read, thrilling in its scope and delightful in its small details, Postwar is a rare joy.


Priestdaddy: A Memoir

Riverhead Books #ad - Lockwood details her education of a seminarian who is also living at the rectory, who is mystified by its bloodthirstiness and arcane laws, tries to explain Catholicism to her husband, and encounters a mysterious substance on a hotel bed with her mother. Lockwood pivots from the raunchy to the sublime, belonging, from the comic to the deeply serious, exploring issues of belief, and personhood.

. When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents’ rectory, their two worlds collide. In priestdaddy, lockwood interweaves emblematic moments from her childhood and adolescence—from an ill-fated family hunting trip and an abortion clinic sit-in where her father was arrested to her involvement in a cultlike Catholic youth group—with scenes that chronicle the eight-month adventure she and her husband had in her parents’ household after a decade of living on their own.

Priestdaddy is an entertaining, unforgettable portrait of a deeply odd religious upbringing, and how one balances a hard-won identity with the weight of family and tradition. Wonderfully grounded and authentic. This book proves lockwood to be a formidably gifted writer who can do pretty much anything she pleases.

Priestdaddy: A Memoir #ad - The new york times book review from patricia Lockwood—a writer acclaimed for her wildly original voice—a vivid, heartbreakingly funny memoir about balancing identity with family and tradition. Father greg lockwood is unlike any catholic priest you have ever met—a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates “like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972.


Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir

Vintage #ad - What hemingway's a moveable feast did for Paris in the 1920s, this charming yet undeceivable memoir does for Greenwich Village in the late 1940s. Written with insight and mercurial wit, kafka was the Rage elegantly captures a moment and place and pays homage to a lost bohemia as it was experienced by a young writer eager to find not only his voice but also his place in a very special part of the world.

Stylish written, imbued with insights that are both affectionate and astringent, mercurially witty, this memoir offers an indelible portrait of a lost bohemia. We see broyard setting up his used bookstore on cornelia street—indulging in a dream that was for him as romantic as “living off the land or sailing around the world” while exercizing his libido with a protegee of Anais Nin and taking courses at the New School, where he deliberates on “the new trends in art, sex, and psychosis.

Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir #ad - Along the way he encounters delmore Schwartz, William Gaddis, Caitlin and Dylan Thomas, and other writers at the start of their careers. In 1946, fledgling avant-gardist, intoxicated by books, Anatole Broyard was a dapper, sex, earnest, and the neighborhood that offered both in such abundance.


Lives Other Than My Own: A Memoir

Metropolitan Books #ad - From the acclaimed award-winning author emmanuel carrère, equally vividly, Lives Other Than My Own: A Memoir is an act of generous imagination that unflinchingly records devastating loss and, the wealth of human solace that follows in its wake. Selected by the new york times as one of the 50 best Memoirs of the Past 50 YearsIn Sri Lanka, a tsunami sweeps a child out to sea, her grand-father helpless against the onrushing water.

In france, a young woman succumbs to illness, leaving her husband and small children bereft. Present at both events, emmanuel Carrère sets out to tell the story of two families—shattered and ultimately restored. What he accomplishes is nothing short of a literary miracle: a heartrending narrative of endless love, a meditation on courage and decency in the face of adversity, an intimate and reverent look at the extraordinary beauty and nobility of ordinary lives.

Precise, sober, carrère himself, longtime chronicler of the tormented self, as full of twists and turns as any novel, lives Other Than My Own confronts terrifying catastrophes to illuminate the astonishing richness of human connection: a grandfather who thought he had found paradise—too soon—and now devotes himself to helping his neighbors rebuild their village; a husband so in love with his ailing wife that he carries her in his arms like a knight does his princess; and finally, and suspenseful, who unexpectedly finds consolation and even joy as he immerses himself in the lives of others.

Lives Other Than My Own: A Memoir #ad - Moving…carrère’s prose is precise and measured…Through interviews with friends and relatives of both families, he creates powerful portraits that celebrate ordinary lives. The new yorker“you begin this memoir thinking it will be about one thing, and it turns into something else altogether—a book at once more ordinary and more extraordinary than any first impressions might allow.

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Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir

Penguin Books #ad - As a teenager, johnson stole down to Greenwich Village to sing folksongs in Washington Square. Joyce had longed to go on the road with him; instead she got a front seat at a cultural revolution under attack from all sides; made new friends like Hettie and LeRoi Jones, and found herself fighting to keep the shy, charismatic, tormented Kerouac from destroying himself.

It was a woman’s adventure and a fast education in life. What johnson and other beat generation women would discover were the risks, the heartache and the heady excitement of trying to live as freely as the rebels they loved. She was 21 and had started her first novel when Allen Ginsberg introduced her to Jack Kerouac; nine months later she was with Kerouac when the publication of On the Road made him famous overnight.

Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir #ad - . But secret rebels, like Joyce and her classmate Elise Cowen, refused to accept things as they were. A riveting portrait of an era. Named one of the 50 best memoirs of the past 50 years by The New York TimesWinner of the National Book Critics Circle Award“Among the great American literary memoirs of the past century.

. Johnson captures this period with deep clarity and moving insight.