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  • Title: Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live
  • Author: Peter Orner
  • ISBN: 9781936787258
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback

  • Stories, both my own and those I ve taken to heart, make up whoever it is that I ve become, Peter Orner writes in this collection of essays about reading, writing, and living Orner reads and writes everywhere he finds himself a hospital cafeteria, a coffee shop in Albania, or a crowded bus in Haiti The result is a book of unlearned meditations that stumbles into memo Stories, both my own and those I ve taken to heart, make up whoever it is that I ve become, Peter Orner writes in this collection of essays about reading, writing, and living Orner reads and writes everywhere he finds himself a hospital cafeteria, a coffee shop in Albania, or a crowded bus in Haiti The result is a book of unlearned meditations that stumbles into memoir Among the many writers Orner addresses are Isaac Babel and Zora Neale Hurston, both of whom told their truths and were silenced Franz Kafka, who professed loneliness but craved connection Robert Walser, who spent the last twenty three years of his life in a Swiss insane asylum, working at being crazy and Juan Rulfo, who practiced the difficult art of silence Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Yasunari Kawabata, Saul Bellow, Mavis Gallant, John Edgar Wideman, William Trevor, and V clav Havel make appearances, as well as the poet Herbert Morris about whom almost nothing is known.An elegy for an eccentric late father, and the end of a marriage, Am I Alone Here is also a celebration of the possibility of renewal At once personal and panoramic, this book will inspire readers to return to the essential stories of their own lives.
    Peter Orner
    Peter Orner was born in Chicago and is the author of three novels Esther Stories Houghton Mifflin, 2001 , The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo Little, Brown, 2006 , and his most recent, Love and Shame and Love Little, Brown, 2011 which was recently called epic by Daniel Handler, epic like Gilgamesh, epic like a guitar solo Orner has since bought Gilgamesh and is enjoying it Love and Shame and Love is illustrated throughout by his brother Eric Orner, a comic artist and illustrator whose long time independent alt weekly strip The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green was made into a feature film in 2008 Eric Orner s work is featured this year in Best American Cartoons edited by Alison Bechdel A film version of one of Orner s stories, The Raft, is currently in production and stars Ed Asner.The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller, won the Bard Fiction Prize The novel is being translated into French, Dutch, Italian, and German The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo is set in Namibia where Orner lived and worked in the early 1990 s.Esther Stories was awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction, and was a Finalist for the Pen Hemingway Award and the New York Public Library s Young Lions Award.Orner is also the editor of two non fiction books, Underground America 2008 and Hope Deferred Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives co editor Annie Holmes, 2010 , both published by McSweeney s Voice of Witness, an imprint devoted to using oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world Harper s Magazine wrote, Hope Deferred might be the most important publication out of Zimbabwe in the past thirty years Orner has published fiction in the Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, McSweeney s, The Southern Review, and various other publications Stories have been anthologized in Best American Stories and the Pushcart Prize Annual Orner has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim and Lannan Foundations.Orner has taught at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop Visiting Professor, 2011 , University of Montana William Kittredge Visting Writer, 2009 , the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College 2009 Washington University Visiting Hurst Professor, 2008 , Bard College Bard Fiction Prize Fellowship, 2007 , Miami University Visting Professor, 2002 , Charles University in Prague Visting Law Faculty, 2000 Orner is a long time permanent faculty member at San Francisco State where he is an associate professor He would like to divide his time between a lot of places, especially San Francisco and Chicago.


    Acquired this after walking at lunch to the one good independent bookstore in Center City Philadelphia that sells new fiction while listening to the author's interview with Michael Silverblatt on Bookworm. Loved the two short pieces that have nothing explicitly to do with books, the one about his "uncle" coming in out of the rain and the other about stealing his father's gloves. Both of these jumped off the page and were published in The New York Times (linked). These stories suggest and state t [...]

    Julie Ehlers
    I'm catching up on my 2017 reviews, and because I finished Am I Alone Here? so many months ago, I decided I would simply 5-star it and move on with my life—but when I looked at my own status updates I was reminded of the warm and friendly feelings this book engendered in me, and I decided it deserved a few words. In each brief essay in this collection, Orner talks about a book he's reading and finds a way to connect it to his own life, or the creative process, or the state of the world. There [...]

    Diane Barnes
    OK, glad it was a library book.

    I have mixed feelings about this book and, while reading, was alternately captivated and irritated. I’m always interested in reading lives, why we read, how books affect us, which books others find especially noteworthy. I like reading about, and thinking about, the ways that our lives and our reading are linked, how they inform each other. And I really loved parts of Orner’s account, especially the earlier chapters. But as the book progressed, I became kind of bored. I’m not sure why. Par [...]

    Orner and I are different kinds of readers. I thought I was an emotional reader, but I'm a cold heartless consumer compared to someone who asserts passionate devotion to writers and books and bases his very identity on his transcendent reading experiences and favorite authors, someone who carries books as talismans, or as badges of his literary loyalties, someone who might self-consciously hold the cover of his book outward while riding the subway. That's not being entirely fair, I realize. I li [...]

    Ethel Rohan
    AM I ALONE HERE? ends on the word 'haven.' I found haven in this thoughtful, heartfelt book. It's a wonderful blend of memoir and meditation.On literature and life, Orner poses questions and seeks meaning and we're invited into the essential exploration. By turns pensive, probing, sad, stirring, insightful, tender, honest, angry, harsh, and cynical, AM I ALONE HERE? offers up so much. I found myself clutching the book at its close and answering the title question in a burst, 'No you're not.'

    Lauren Albert
    Many of you know that I have a shelf called "Books about Books and Reading"--it's one of my favorite topics. I have a whole section of a bookcase at home devoted to it. And to readers who also love walking away from a book with a list of other books to look for, this book will satisfy. It wasn't my favorite but it was good.

    Sophfronia Scott
    I love this book. I know I love it because I want to go back to the first page and read it again. I consume again and again work that touches me because I want to imprint it on the tissues of my being so I can call it forth at will when I need to experience something thoughtful, something beautiful. Orner also consumes what he reads again and again but he is smarter than I am. He reads oceans while I'm still learning how to tread water and can't hold my own in the deep end. But I know what it is [...]

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Peter Orner reads through his life, and that's what this book is. In these little essays, he faces a struggle in his real life and finds a struggle in a short story or novel that is similar. In the process, he shares favorite authors and favorite stories and favorite quotes. If you live to read, as Orner does, and as I do, you may enjoy reading to live along with this author, too.

    Olga Zilberbourg
    This book is wonderfully fluid in genre. Part memoir, part reader's diary, part craft book, it's one of those books I pick up when I'm feeling overwhelmed by the difficulties of life and looking for inspiration. Peter Orner reads and rereads the books he loves, and tells us in depth the circumstances of his reading.

    “Think of this as a book of learned meditations that stumble into memoir,” writes Peter Orner. These notes-into-essays began nine years ago, in the aftermath of a marriage. Orner finds himself drawn to short stories that refuse to explain themselves. And it is that open-face open-mindedness voice of discovery and wonder that appeals to me. The forty-two essays in this anthologies first appeared in a dozen publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Salon, BuffFeed and McSweeney [...]

    There are some books where the title is completely confusing and, at first glance, out of placeSteinbeck's OF MICE AND MEN comes to mind. This is not one of those books. What you see is what you get with Peter Orner's AM I ALONE HERE: NOTES ON LIVING TO READ AND READING TO LIVE. The book gives readers glimpses into the author's life, and what books/authors have influenced him. It's a borrowed book that was never returned, and the author is ruminating about his relationship with the borrow-ee. It [...]

    JoanneClarke Gunter
    A delectable treat of a book for literary fiction readers. Peter Orner is a very good writer and this book is full of admiration for many well known writers (and some not so well known) whose writing has left an indelible mark on Orner. I love books about books and this one was particularly wonderful for me because many of the same writers he cherishes are also cherished by me. William Maxwell! William Trevor! John Cheever! Bohumil Hrabal! But also Chekhov, Kafka, Welty, Walser, Bellow, Salter, [...]

    I wish I had the words to express the magic of this book (but then, "the failure to capture the vision is the vision"), how it quietly schooled me on life and literature --- or maybe school is the wrong word, but engages in a generous, honest meditation on the intersection of the two that feels alive, open, ongoing, almost conversational (in that it places the reader in the room) brimming with insight and wisdom. My pencil went to town. This will be a book I'll return to again and again for its [...]

    K.P. Ambroziak
    I came to Peter Orner through his Modern Love essay in the New York Times. I connected with his writing style from the first. His poetic cadence carries you along like a stream taking hold of a leaf. His phrases kind of move through you as you read, making you feel as if you’re in conversation with him. I read his three short stories in the Paris Review, which were conservative and less moving than his essay, but still I wanted more, which is why I picked up “Am I Alone Here?” I didn’t g [...]

    I was really wavering between 3 and 4 stars for this one, but I decided to give Am I Alone Here? 4 stars because some of the passages were just too good. According to I highlighted 59 extracts in this book, and I'm not surprised. Many of the stories were moving, funny, etc. but there was a bit of lull midway, that the author couldn't full shirk off. Lots of quotable material, but too many rhetorical questions. Sometimes this book read like an extended Carrie Bradshaw monologue.For the most part [...]

    Robert Vaughan
    My pal Sara Lippmann sent me this book and I was thrilled. I was familiar with the author, having read his short story collection, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge. And though this book is, in some ways, a short story collection, it is so much more. It arrived at the perfect time, as all books do, and I devoured it. Then, come to find out, his own brother collaborated on the book illustrations throughout the book. And it gets its own extra star for that. I love these CNF/ memoir/ fiction/ poetr [...]

    Angela Boord
    3.5 stars

    "Power rarely pauses to listen, much less read." p. 43.Lots of book suggestions.

    I am not a lover of the short story, as this author is, but he did persuade me to look at certain stories in a different way, to value the way a short story can give a glimpse of a moment in time, a snapshot of a life or an incident. In this book of essays, Peter Orner features a different author and one of their writings, in each chapter. Most of the chapters describe a short story, and it’s impact on his life, although a few do mention novels. Throughout the book, the author tells much about [...]

    charming book about books and life. A 3.5

    An interesting collection of personal essays. Orner contrasts what he is reading - or finds he NEEDS to read at times - with his personal life. Gets a bit navel-gaze-y on occasion, but the range of authors he writes about is really awesome (particularly the short story writers). Orner has a toss-off line that states he prefers literature where families have trouble communicating and it's a through-line between his reading and memoir.

    John Benson
    This is a book of short essays by a man who is trying to understand his life and writing through the books he reads. Peter Orner is also trying to make sense of the grief he feels at his dad's death, despite the fact that they did not speak to each other for many years. An honest and interesting book of essays.

    Paul Wilner
    My notice, for the San Francisco Chronicle, is below:sfgate/books/article/A

    Jessi Rich
    I am really excited to be starting this book and am so thankful I won an ARC copy! I'm about to dive in now.

    I absolutely adored this book. One thing, it gave me a reading list. Another thing, its author, Peter Orner, made the point behind a Turgenev story clear, which I had read and didn't quite understand when I was fifteen. That was more than fifty years ago.In addition, I like to read books about authors writing about other authors' stories. Plus, his chatty, sincere and personal way of talking about his reading has impressed me greatly. Then, this book mostly concentrates on short stories. Most au [...]

    Gaylord Dold
    Am I AloneHere? Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live by Peter Orner (Catapault, New York, 2017)There are many, many books about the reading life and how books effect and alter our existence. Schools of thought exist that emphasize the intellectual accomplishment that reading brings, seeing reading as a form of mental exercise. Other readers emphasize the empathetic nature of reading, seeing in reading a way of entering other worlds, cultures, and individuals, bringing them closer to us an [...]

    Sarah Tollok
    I'm a sucker for books that talk about other books, so then I can add more books to by to-be-read list. It's a vicious cycle really. And I really enjoyed the way this particular writer wrote about books. He sold me on almost every one of them. I even gave a brief thought to re-reading Moby Dick (it was a very fleeting thought, mind you). The following may be a bit harsh of me, but here it is: The only part that I didn't like was how he kept going back to his process of making peace with his rece [...]

    Laura Spaulding
    In the introduction to his collection of essays about reading, writing, and living, Peter Orner tells us to "Think of this as a book of unlearned meditations that stumbles into memoir." This book combines essays on the influence of certain authors on Orner's life with tales of the lives and works of these authors. This is the type of book that makes you want to re-read or read for the first time the works mentioned and also reminds you how literature and reading impact our lives. "Only through r [...]

    With this title, any serious reader will feel compelled to see what Peter Orner has to share. His goal is to reinforce the importance of the short story. He selected samples of some favorite authors; each short chapter begins with an illustration of a book, beautifully done by the author's brother. He shares just enough personal information of how the story or stories have had an impact on him. But short stories are clearly his love and his favorites inspire the reader to go back back to Eudora [...]

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