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The Metropolitain Museum of Art in NYC is the setting for Metropolitan Stories, and after working there for twenty five years, Christine Coulson knows every underground tunnel and upstairs corridor. She is familiar with the staff cafeteria gossip. She knows the curators, the guards, the wealthy donors, the fundraisers. The result is this slim collection of wonderfully imaginative essays and fables about the Met, where in some cases the art itself is personified. It’s so witty and clever and I doubt you’ll never look at a museum quite the same way again.



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ISBN: 9781590510582
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Published: Other Press - October 8th, 2019

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On Swift Horses takes us back to the 1950s post-war American West. Muriel and Lee are newlyweds and they both have a special connection with Lee’s brother, Julius. Trying to find their place in the world, Muriel discovers racetracks to soothe her restlessness and Julius finds himself in Las Vegas casinos. We get to know the three of them slowly through their thoughts, feelings, and relationships with each other. Slow paced and beautifully written, this is the story of love and trying out luck—the search for freedom and love.

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ISBN: 9780525538110
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 5th, 2019

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Initially published in 1958 and re-published by the New York Review of Books in 2007, Elaine Dundy’s The Dud Avocado remains as relevant and engaging as ever. The novel follows the missteps of a twenty-something year old quick-witted American woman named Sally Jay Gorce who moves to Paris with the financial aid of her uncle and a desperation for life itself. Sally Jay’s first-person narration is often hilarious, occasionally poignant, and consistently entertaining to read. For anyone looking for an adventurous and funny read which doesn’t sacrifice its intellect, The Dud Avocado is an excellent choice.

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By Elaine Dundy, Terry Teachout (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590172322
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 5th, 2007