Enchantment: A Novel

Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Brought up having to vie with her five siblings for the affection of her wealthy Orthodox German-Jewish parents, Hannah Lehmann finds herself caught in a love-hate relationship with her family and intertwining childhood memories with her adult perceptions and experiences.


The Fame Lunches: On Wounded Icons, Money, Sex, the Brontës, and the Importance of Handbags

Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Sebald, john Updike, and Alice Munro. Daphne merkin brings her signature combination of wit, and penetrating intelligence to a wide array of subjects that touch on every aspect of contemporary culture, candor, from the high calling of the literary life to the poignant underside of celebrity to our collective fixation on fame.

G. Sometimes it seems to me that the private life no longer suffices for many of us, " she writes, "that if we are not observed by others doing glamorous things, we might as well not exist. Merkin's elegant, widely admired profiles go beneath the glossy façades of neon-lit personalities to consider their vulnerabilities and demons, as well as their enduring hold on us.

The Fame Lunches: On Wounded Icons, Money, Sex, the Brontës, and the Importance of Handbags #ad - . Drawing upon her many years as a book critic, Merkin also offers reflections on writers as varied as Jean Rhys, W. Famous people. A wide-ranging collection of essays by one of america's most perceptive critics of popular and literary cultureFrom one of America's most insightful and independent-minded critics comes a remarkable new collection of essays, her first in more than fifteen years.

As her title essay explains, she writes in order "to save myself through saving wounded icons. Who required my intervention on their behalf because only I understood the desolation that drove them.


This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression

Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - In the words of the distinguished psychologist Carol Gilligan, “It brings a stunningly perceptive voice into the forefront of the conversation about depression, one that is both reassuring and revelatory. ”. But a state of relative all-right-ness. In this dark yet vital memoir, merkin describes not only the harrowing sorrow that she has known all her life, but also her early, redemptive love of reading and gradual emergence as a writer.

Written with an acute understanding of the ways in which her condition has evolved as well as affected those around her, This Close to Happy is an utterly candid coming-to-terms with an illness that many share but few talk about, one that remains shrouded in stigma. Recounting this series of hospitalizations, as well as her visits to myriad therapists and psychopharmacologists, Merkin fearlessly offers what the child psychiatrist Harold Koplewicz calls “the inside view of navigating a chronic psychiatric illness to a realistic outcome.

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression #ad - The arc of merkin’s affliction is lifelong, where Merkin lives a high-functioning life and her depression is manageable, beginning in a childhood largely bereft of love and stretching into the present, if not “cured. The opposite of depression, ” she writes with characteristic insight, “is not a state of unimaginable happiness.

A new york times book review favorite read of 2016“despair is always described as dull, a lunar glow, “when the truth is that despair has a light all its own, ” writes Daphne Merkin, the color of mottled silver. This close to happy—merkin’s rare, vividly personal account of what it feels like to suffer from clinical depression—captures this strange light.

Daphne merkin has been hospitalized three times: first, for severe postpartum depression; and later still, after her mother died, for childhood depression; years later, in grade school, after her daughter was born, for obsessive suicidal thinking.


Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

Random House #ad - America was founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by hucksters and their suckers. Fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA. New york times bestseller • “the single most important explanation, and the fullest explanation, of how Donald Trump became president of the United States.

Fantasyland could not appear at a more perfect moment. Take a deep breath and dive in. Tom brokaw “An absorbing, must-read polemic. If you want to understand donald trump and the culture of twenty-first-century America, if you want to know how the lines between reality and illusion have become dangerously blurred, you must read this book.

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History #ad - Named one of the best books of the year by the san francisco chronicle“this is a blockbuster of a book. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails. A provocative new study of America’s cultural history.

Newsday “Compelling and totally unnerving. The village voice“a frighteningly convincing and sometimes uproarious picture of a country in steep, perhaps terminal decline that would have the founding fathers weeping into their beards. The guardian “this is an important book—the indispensable book—for understanding America in the age of Trump.

Walter isaacson, #1 new York Times bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci.