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From the acclaimed New Yorker writer and editor, a compendium of writings that celebrate the view from the tenth decade of his richly lived life

In February 2014, the New Yorker published an essay by Roger Angell called “This Old Man,” a meditation on life at age ninety-three. With great humor and not an ounce of self-pity or sentimentality, Angell wrote about health, mind, and memory; reckoning with the past and a long list of friends and family who have died; daily joys and struggles; and, above all, love. Cheerful and beautiful and moving, the piece became an instant classic, won a National Magazine Award, and has been shared and discussed by legions of readers young and old.

“This Old Man” is the centerpiece of Angell’s new book, which gathers essays, letters, photos, comic verse, and drawings that in aggregate present a kaleidoscopic portrayal of a deeply engaged and vibrant life. Angell’s fluid prose and native curiosity make him an amiable and compelling companion on the page. Whether the subject is coping with the loss of his wife, Carol, editing John Updike, the seventh game of the 2014 World Series, his appreciation of fox terriers, or the Fourth of July ceremonies in his summer home in rural Maine, what links the pieces (most of recent vintage) is the deep sense of gratitude that suffuses them. Gratitude for the people he has known, the experiences he’s had, the writers and friends and baseball players he admires. It’s a portrait of a full and fascinating life, but a portrait always directed generously outward.

Angell is New Yorker royalty. Son of Katharine S. White, the first fiction editor of the New Yorker, and stepson of E. B. White, Angell wrote his first piece for the magazine in 1944 and was for many years chief fiction editor himself. His affectionate take on the magazine and the personalities who’ve worked there makes for a lively slice of twentieth (and twenty-first) century cultural history. He is even better known as a baseball writer—he’s in the Hall of Fame with Babe Ruth and Willie Mays!—and the baseball writing in the book is pure heaven for fans of the national pastime.

Engaging, sharp, and wonderfully written, This Old Man is a pure pleasure to listen to.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [Angell’s] prose is bright and conversational and almost infinitely elastic.... Like V. S. Pritchett, his own “bottomless reading” seems never to have dulled “the eagerness of his mind,” or the bounce and velocity of his prose, which, like Updike’s, possesses a gravity-defying “lift and lightness and intelligence.” Perhaps most of all, Mr. Angell — like Updike and White — is a “prime noticer”: a sharp-eyed collector of details, gathered over the course of nearly 10 decades, and dispensed here, with artistry and élan, in these jottings from a long and writerly life. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
  • [Angell’s] reflections and commentary brim with steadfast wisdom and are possibly more nuanced than ever. [T]his is a uniformly engaging and eloquent selection that attests to a full life well lived. Chicago Tribune
  • This Old Man is as profound a meditation on time and loss as some of the work of Angell's revered stepfather, E.B. White.... As Angell tells it straight, it's not much of a pleasure to be very old, but it is a great pleasure to spend time in the company of This Old Man. Fresh Air's Maureen Corrigan
  • Sublime… a charming addition to an estimable—and time-tested—career. This Old Man is a winning collection of miscellany from his later years at The New Yorker, which hired him in 1956 and continues to publish his work. Daily Beast 
  • If you're blessed with a nonagenarian father, grandfather or uncle who's still got all his marbles, has lived among the best in the worlds of sports, literature and art, and has a knack for anecdotal storytelling, light verse, illustration and brief eulogies, consider yourself very, very lucky. If you aren't, long time New Yorker writer and author of countless articles and a dozen books (The Summer Game,A Pitcher's Story) Roger Angell is a perfect stand-in. Shelf Awareness 
  • Angell modestly describes the book as 'A mélange, a grab bag, a plate of hors d’oeuvres, a teenager’s closet, a bit of everything'.... But readers are likely to zip through the book, front to back. Angell writes in a clear, precise style that never loses its conversational tone or its ability to entertain. With prose this good, you’re unlikely to find yourself skipping pages. Richmond Times
  • Whether you are interested in sports in particular, human events in general or anything else, Angell will hold you to his subject like a limpet. The Virginian Pilot 
  • [W]onderful.... [G]emlike.... The most trivial stuff in it is still delightful. And the great stuff in it – the title piece for instance – is classic. Buffalo News
  • [R]emarkable. . . . Any reader will benefit from meandering the fascinating corridors of this old man’s mind. Lincoln Journal Star
  • [A] 'choose-your-own-adventure' book for adults. And what an adventure it is. Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star
  • A miscellany of memorable prose....notable for its grace, wit, and humanity.... As this ebullient and eloquent collection amply shows, Angell can deftly touch that reader, on whom he bestows this lovely gift. Kirkus (Starred Review) 
  • [E]very entry, long or short, light or serious, is united by seemingly effortless, finely wrought, remarkably observant, offhandedly eloquent yet always self-effacing prose.... [H]is tone is never, e­ver maudlin, never sentimental, and never, ever inspirational. Instead, it is above all wry. Booklist (Starred Review)
  • At 94, Angell is a witness to history but hardly a relic of the past.... Angell is equally at ease writing annual Christmas poems, witty internal memos, letters, haiku, speeches, literary essays, and "casuals".... Angell represents the best sort of writing about the remembrances of the past. Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
  • [I]rresistible.... Angell is neither an aphoristic nor overtly flashy writer. His virtues are those of close observation and considered reflection, careful accretion of detail and argument, and a prose style whose ambling grace belies its lean economy. San Francisco Chronicle 
  • There is a certain generosity operating here, an assumption of friendship between reader and writer, the way one is pleased to hear what a friend has to say no matter what the occasion.  In inviting us to rummage through his literary files, Angell proves almost consistently engaging and companionable.... [W]e are grateful for his perspective on the kingdom of old age and hope only to be as wise and realistic when we get there. Phillip Lopate, Times Book Review
  • Angell’s a true craftsman, carefully picking each word and phrase and, like any good editor, cutting out the fluff.... What stitches together the collection is a sense of gratitude.... It feels like he assembled this collection in great part to say thank you. But it’s his readers who should be saying it. For as long as we have him and as long as he’s still contributing to The Sporting Scene and other fixtures of The New Yorker, we should appreciate his talent. Associated Press 
  • [A] wonderfully scattershot collection of letters, essays, and (yes!) blog posts. But what seem to be odds and ends, literary leftovers, are revealed to be mortar of a writing life.... They are essential. I want to talk to him about baseball, and writing, and what he was doing at my age, and how he made it from there to here. I want to hear the things he's said a thousand times. GQ
  • [L]ucid, humane, and insightful.... Perhaps most surprising is the suppleness and range of his writing.... [Angell] moves with agility between humor, pathos, and playful metaphor, often within the same essay. Christian Science Monitor
  • “[A] wonderfully scattershot collection of letters, essays, and (yes!) blog posts. But what seem to be odds and ends, literary leftovers, are revealed to be mortar of a writing life.”

    GQ

  • “[Angell’s] reflections and commentary brim with steadfast wisdom…attests to a full life well lived.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “At ninety-four, Angell is a witness to history but hardly a relic of the past… Angell is equally at ease writing annual Christmas poems, witty internal memos, letters, haiku, speeches, literary essays, and ‘casuals’…Angell represents the best sort of writing about the remembrances of the past.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A miscellany of memorable prose…Notable for its grace, wit, and humanity…As this ebullient and eloquent collection amply shows, Angell can deftly touch that reader, on whom he bestows this lovely gift.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Anchored by his award-winning title piece on the small indignities and deeper pains of aging, this luminous new collection from ninety-five-year-old Angell captures a personality that’s both charming and endlessly curious…[He] writes with equal aplomb on topics as wide-ranging as the Yankees’ pitching woes, John Updike’s short stories, and the death of his beloved wife.”

    BookPage

  • A BookPage Top Pick in Essays for December 2015
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2015
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