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Loitering : new & collected essays

Author: Charles D'Ambrosio
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"Charles D'Ambrosio's essay collection Orphans spawned something of a cult following. In the decade since the tiny limited-edition volume sold out its print run, its devotees have pressed it upon their friends, students, and colleagues, only to find themselves begging for their copy's safe return. For anyone familiar with D'Ambrosio's writing, this enthusiasm should come as no surprise. His work is exacting and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Essays
American essays
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles D'Ambrosio
ISBN: 9781935639879 1935639870
OCLC Number: 878812873
Description: 358 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: By way of a preface --
Part 1: West of the West. Seattle, 1974 ; Loitering ; Whaling out West ; Catching out ; This is living ; Documents --
Part 2: Strategies against extinction. American newness ; Winning ; Hell house ; One more paradise ; Orphans --
Part 3: Reading life. Salinger and sobs ; Misreading ; Casting stones ; Doo-wop down the road ; Any resemblance to anyone living ; Degrees of gray in Philipsburg.
Other Titles: Essays.
Responsibility: Charles D'Ambrosio.

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"Charles D'Ambrosio's essay collection Orphans spawned something of a cult following. In the decade since the tiny limited-edition volume sold out its print run, its devotees have pressed it upon their friends, students, and colleagues, only to find themselves begging for their copy's safe return. For anyone familiar with D'Ambrosio's writing, this enthusiasm should come as no surprise. His work is exacting and emotionally generous, often as funny as it is devastating. Loitering gathers those eleven original essays with new and previously uncollected work so that a broader audience might discover one of our great living essayists. No matter his subject - Native American whaling, a Pentecostal "hell house," Mary Kay Letourneau, the work of J.D. Salinger, or, most often, his own family - D'Ambrosio approaches each piece with a singular voice and point of view; each essay, while unique and surprising, is unmistakably his own"--

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