The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

Author: Rebecca Miller
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781429941617
Release Date: 2008-08-05
Genre: Fiction

At fifty, Pippa Lee seems just fine. The devoted wife of a brilliant publisher thirty years her senior, the proud mother of successful twins, and a lovely and adored friend and neighbor, she seems to glow with feminine serenity. But when her husband spontaneously decides they should cast off Gramercy Park for Marigold Village retirement home as a "preemptive strike against his decrepitude," Pippa finds her beatific persona unraveling in alarming ways: the truth is that the gracious woman of the present day has seen more than her fair share of the wild side. By seventeen, Pippa had lived with a Dexedrine-addicted mother, felt the first stirrings of sexuality with a school girlfriend, had an affair with a teacher, and run away from home, set adrift on a course littered with broken hearts—until she seemingly found love and security in a family of her own. And now that established world, too, is in danger. In Pippa Lee we have an unforgettable heroine, and a quirky and acutely intelligent portrait of the many lives behind a single name. Even after we've read it, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is a story that is still unfurling.

Jacob s Folly

Author: Rebecca Miller
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9780857868985
Release Date: 2013-06-06
Genre: Fiction

Masha Edelman yearns for a life on the stage and to escape her strict religious family. Miles away, in a safe suburban neighbourhood, family man Leslie Senzatimore longs to be a hero. They have little idea of what lies ahead for them. Through a cosmic sleight of hand enters Jacob, a man who has travelled a long way through time, and is determined to make his mark on the lives of these two strangers. What follows is a rollicking, sparkling story of kinship, freedom and belonging.

Maggie s Plan

Author: Rebecca Miller
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781350005853
Release Date: 2016-05-23
Genre: Performing Arts

She's wonderful - she's just kind of destroying my life. Maggie (Greta Gerwig) is a young single woman in Brooklyn who is determined to have a baby on her own through a surrogate. However, she meets John (Ethan Hawke), an attractive, older university professor, caught in an unhappy marriage, and they start a relationship. Maggie's rejuvenating enthusiasm lures John away from his wife, the domineering Danish critical theorist Georgette Norgaard (Julianne Moore). The film moves forward three years and the couple have married and settled down with a daughter together. Everything has gone according to Maggie's plan, so why isn't she happy? And what sort of meddlesome scheme will she concoct next? Maggie's Plan, based on an unpublished novel by Karen Rinaldi, is both an affectionate send-up of highbrow academic culture and a treatise on modern self-realization. Rebecca Miller exhibits her characteristic sensitivity to female experience, but with a playfulness given freer rein than ever before in her work. The film was premiered at the New York Film Festival in October 2015 and received its official US premiere in May 2016.

Personal Velocity

Author: Rebecca Miller
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781847677747
Release Date: 2009-07-02
Genre: Fiction

The vibrantly fresh and lustrous stories in Miller’s collection explore the multifaceted lives of women in seven arresting portraits. Modern and diverse, these women of different classes and ages struggle with sexuality, fate, motherhood, infidelity, desperation, and an overriding will to survive. We meet Greta, a cookbook editor who is chosen by Tavi, the hottest writer of his generation, to edit his new book. The book becomes a best-seller and Greta is propelled out of her marriage by her own ambition and success. Other characters include Paula, a pregnant twenty-one-year-old, who is on the run from the horror of a man who was hit by a car and died while walking her home from a nightclub; Delia, an abused working-class wife who goes into hiding with her children; and Louisa, a painter who moves rapidly from one lover to the next, acting out a self-perpetuating drama over which she has no control. Edgy, fearless, and beautifully spare, Personal Velocity is a superb collection from one of the best writers in contemporary fiction.

Trudy and Max in Love

Author: Zoe Kazan
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
ISBN: 9780822232018
Release Date: 2017-03-16
Genre: Performing Arts

The multi-talented Zoe Kazan gives us this very funny take on an unconventional romance. Trudy writes young adult fiction, and Max is a novelist of celebrity status. Trudy is married, Max doesn’t believe in love: Their attraction is anything but convenient. On rare occasions, you meet someone and everything clicks. But is love a choice? Or does it just happen?

The Rhythm Section

Author: Mark Burnell
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780007397556
Release Date: 2015-11-26
Genre: Fiction

A novel of how a woman, pushed over the edge by the violent deaths of her family, survives only by taking other identities.

A Woman Who

Author: Rebecca Miller
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1596918594
Release Date: 2008-12-22
Genre: Humor

A Woman Who is a delightful collection of clever, almost surreal drawings revealing women feeling all the strange and specific things they feel - as conjured up by artist/writer/filmmaker Rebecca Miller, who draws each image with her eyes closed. Bored, sexy, angry, amused, ambivalent, overwhelmed, curious, so serene they can barely speak - these women come straight from the unconscious, and you'll recognize them at once. A woman who has so many things to do that she can't bring herself to do any of them. A woman who is flying for the first time. A woman who was okay a second ago. A woman who would like some attention but isn't sure how to get it in a subtle way. A woman who is worried she's so happy she'll never have another idea. They're all here- in the perfect gift book for all the women in your life.

The Last First Day

Author: Carrie Brown
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307908049
Release Date: 2013-09-17
Genre: Fiction

From the author of The Rope Walk, the story of a woman's life in its twilight, as she looks back on both a harrowing childhood and the unaccountable love and happiness that emerged from it. Ruth has always stood firmly beside her upstanding, brilliant husband, Peter, the legendary chief of the Derry School for boys. The childless couple has a unique, passionate bond which grew out of Ruth's arrival on his family doorstep as a young girl orphaned by tragedy. And though sometimes frustrated by her role as lifelong helpmeet, Ruth is awed by her good fortune in Peter. As the novel opens we see the Derry School in all its glorious New England fall colors and witness the loosening of the aging Peter's grasp--he will soon have to retire, and Ruth is wondering what they will do in their old age, separated from the school into which they have poured everything, including their savings. As the novel unfurls, it takes us back through their days and years, revealing the explosive spark and joy of their love--undiminished now in their seventies--and giving us a deeply felt portrait of a woman from the generation that quietly put individual dreams aside for the good of a partnership, twinned with the revelation of the surprising gift of the right man's love, which keeps giving to the end. This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.

The Ballad of Jack and Rose

Author: Rebecca Miller
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1429998660
Release Date: 2005-06-01
Genre: Performing Arts

From the award-winning writer-director of Personal Velocity comes a startling drama about the nature of family and the meaning of ideals In his first role since Gangs of New York, Daniel Day-Lewis plays Jack Slavin, an engineer who over thirty years ago walked away from the mainstream to live out a more deliberate life. But the island commune he began in hopes of a better future has long since imploded and he is now its final resident. Jack's only other companion is his 16-year-old daughter Rose (Camilla Belle), whom he has deliberately sheltered from the outside world. Now, beset by terminal illness, encroaching developers, and Rose's emerging womanhood, Jack faces troubling questions about the days ahead. In an attempt to provide his daughter with the kind of family she's never known, Jack invites Kathleen (Catherine Keener), the woman he's been secretly seeing on the mainland, and her sons to live with them. But rather than comforted, Rose feels betrayed and lashes out with a willful and deliberate retribution that places her innocence on the battlefield and Kathleen's safety in danger. His carefully constructed world flung out of control, Jack finds himself trapped between two headstrong women and forced to take action. With The Ballad of Jack and Rose, award-winning filmmaker Rebecca Miller has created a powerful and poetic third feature about a man who has cut himself off from a society that refuses to live up to his standards, and a young girl's sudden coming-of-age.

Talley s Folly

Author: Lanford Wilson
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
ISBN: 0822216264
Release Date: 1979
Genre: Drama

THE STORY: The scene is the ornate, deserted Victorian boathouse on the Talley place in Lebanon, Missouri; the time 1944. Matt Friedman, an accountant from St. Louis, has arrived to plead his love to Sally Talley, the susceptible, but uncertain dau

Kazan on Directing

Author: Elia Kazan
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307271419
Release Date: 2009-04-21
Genre: Performing Arts

Elia Kazan was the twentieth century’s most celebrated director of both stage and screen, and this monumental, revelatory book shows us the master at work. Kazan’s list of Broadway and Hollywood successes—A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, On the Waterfront, to name a few—is a testament to his profound impact on the art of directing. This remarkable book, drawn from his notebooks, letters, interviews, and autobiography, reveals Kazan’s method: how he uncovered the “spine,” or core, of each script; how he analyzed each piece in terms of his own experience; and how he determined the specifics of his production. And in the final section, “The Pleasures of Directing”—written during Kazan’s final years—he becomes a wise old pro offering advice and insight for budding artists, writers, actors, and directors. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Night Manager

Author: John le Carré
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141976266
Release Date: 2013-11-07
Genre: Fiction

In The Night Manager, John le Carré's first post-Cold War novel, an ex-soldier helps British Intelligence penetrate the secret world of ruthless arms dealers. 'Le Carré is the equal of any novelist now writing in English' Guardian 'A marvellously observed relentless tale' Observer At the start of it all, Jonathan Pine is merely the night manager at a luxury hotel. But when a single attempt to pass on information to the British authorities - about an international businessman at the hotel with suspicious dealings - backfires terribly, and people close to Pine begin to die, he commits himself to a battle against powerful forces he cannot begin to imagine. In a chilling tale of corrupt intelligence agencies, billion-dollar price tags and the truth of the brutal arms trade, John le Carré creates a claustrophobic world in which no one can be trusted. 'Complex and intense ... page-turning tension' San Francisco Chronicle 'When I was under house arrest I was helped by the books of John le Carré ... they were a journey into the wider world ... These were the journeys that made me feel that I was not really cut off from the rest of humankind' Aung San Suu Kyi 'One of those writers who will be read a century from now' Robert Harris 'He can communicate emotion, from sweating fear to despairing love, with terse and compassionate conviction' Sunday Times (on The Spy Who Came in from the Cold) 'Return of the master . . . Having plumbed the devious depths of the Cold War, le Carré has done it again for our nasty new age' The Times (on Our Kind of Traitor)

Blood River

Author: Tim Butcher
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781446420935
Release Date: 2010-12-15
Genre: Travel

When Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher was sent to cover Africa in 2000 he quickly became obsessed with the idea of recreating H.M. Stanley's famous expedition - but travelling alone. Despite warnings that his plan was 'suicidal', Butcher set out for the Congo's eastern border with just a rucksack and a few thousand dollars hidden in his boots. Making his way in an assortment of vessels including a motorbike and a dugout canoe, helped along by a cast of characters from UN aid workers to a campaigning pygmy, he followed in the footsteps of the great Victorian adventurers. Butcher's journey was a remarkable feat, but the story of the Congo, told expertly and vividly in this book, is more remarkable still.

The Wish House

Author: Celia Rees
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
ISBN: 0330436430
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Artists

While on summer holiday, sixteen-year-old Richard meets Clio Dalton part of a very eccentric family of artists - His life is irrevocably changed by his experiences with them.

Natasha Pierre The Great Comet of 1812

Author: Leo Tolstoy
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780525436256
Release Date: 2017-05-02
Genre: Fiction

Dave Malloy here presents the stunning twenty-two chapter selection from Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace that formed the basis of his hit Broadway sensation, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812—called “the most innovative and the best new musical since Hamilton” by the New York Times. While Prince Andrei Bolkonsky is kept at the front during Napoleon’s invasion in 1812, his betrothed, a young Natasha, catches the attention of Moscow society’s notorious playboy—the dashing, rogue Anatole. It falls to Prince Andrei’s friend, the wealthy, slothful, philosophizing aristocrat Pierre to rescue Natasha’s reputation and make amends between her and Andrei. A Vintage Shorts ebook Selection.