By Geoffrey Wolff
With those interwoven autobiographical essays, Geoffrey Wolff, writer of the acclaimed The Duke of Deception, recounts the ethical (and immoral) schooling of a author, good friend, husband, and father, as he bargains his lively, stylish, and deeply felt observations on a rare lifestyles: from wildly dysfunctional formative years Christmases to a concupiscent occupation educating literature in Istanbul; from a victory over the chaos of drink to a life-affirming hand over to the majesty of the Matterhorn; and from a foundering friendship to the transcending love of family.
He stocks with us, then, the knowledge of an alert guy studying during the unsettling collisions of time, position, and native customized, and during the strength of worry and risk, to carry his many disparate selves jointly -- with dazzling high-stakes candor and remarkable literary agility.
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A Day at the Beach: Recollections by Geoffrey Wolff