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Author: Joyce Maynard Narrator: Joyce Maynard Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9781427239259
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In the spring of 1972, Joyce Maynard, a freshman at Yale, published a cover story in The New York Times Magazine about life in the sixties. Among the many letters of praise, offers for writing assignments, and request for interviews was a one-page letter from the famously reclusive author, J.D. Salinger.

At Home in the World is the story of a girl who loved and lived with J.D. Salinger, and the woman she became. A crucial turning point in Joyce Maynard's life occurred when her own daughter turned eighteen--the age Maynard was when Salinger first approached her. Breaking a twenty-five year silence, Joyce Maynard addresses her relationship with Salinger for the first time, as well as the complicated, troubled and yet creative nature of her youth and family. She vividly describes the details of the times and her life with the finesse of a natural storyteller.

Courageously written by a women determined to allow her life to unfold with authenticity, At Home in the World is a testament to the resiliency of the spirit and the honesty of an unwavering eye.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Riveting and disturbing. The New York Times Book Review
  • Even Salinger loyalists may feel compelled to reexamine their idol. Glamour
  • Dazzling. San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Unsparing self-scrutiny...maturity and emotional candor. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

  • Absorbing, funny, and emotionally blistering. Jules Siegel, San Francisco Chronicle
  • A wry, painful, engaging book. Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes
  • Maynard's testimony is priceless. Mary Cantwell, Vogue
  • “A wry, painful, engaging book.”

    Frank McCourt, New York Times bestselling author of Angela’s Ashes

  • “Unsparing self-scrutiny…maturity and emotional candor.”

    New York Times

  • “Riveting and disturbing.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Absorbing, funny, and emotionally blistering.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Maynard’s testimony is priceless.”


  • “Even Salinger loyalists may feel compelled to reexamine their idol.”


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About the Author

Joyce Maynard first came to national attention with the publication of her New York Times cover story “An Eighteen-Year-Old Looks Back on Life” in 1973, when she was a freshman at Yale. Since then, she has been a reporter and columnist for the New York Times, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose “Domestic Affairs” column appeared in more than fifty papers nationwide, and a regular contributor to NPR. Her writing has also been published in national magazines, including O, The Oprah Magazine; Newsweek; the New York Times magazine; USA Weekly; and many more. Her novel The Usual Rules—a story about surviving loss—has been a favorite of book club audiences of all ages and was chosen by the American Library Association as one of the ten best books for young readers for 2003. Joyce also runs the Lake Atitlan Writing Workshop in Guatemala, founded in 2002.