Recommended Reading

Frank Sinatra: The Man, The Music, The Legend, essays edited by Jeanne Fuchs and Ruth Prigozy (Univ of Rochester Press)

I was in Milan on business on May 14, 1998, the day Frank Sinatra died at age 82. The story topped the national news broadcast. Visiting Germany, President Clinton responded to a reporter’s question about Sinatra and America. Then Clinton went on to discuss new U.S. sanctions against India, which had just exploded a nuclear device underground.

White Towers by Paul Hirshorn & Steven Izenour (The MIT Press)

“I loved the taste of those burgers. There was something about the combination of the grilled hamburger meat, chopped unions and the pickle.

Lost Paradise, a novel by Cees Nooteboom, translated by Susan Massotty (Grove Press)

First published in 2004 as Paradijs Verloren, Lost Paradise completes the second half of an orbit achieved by its mirrored opposite, Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” which is quoted or mentioned here and there.

A View of the Ocean, a memoir by Jan de Hartog (Pantheon)

In The Art of Time in Memoir, Sven Birkerts names three approaches to discovering “a dramatic explanatory narrative” in memoir: “For some the event-based story of the past may be paramount … for others it may be the process of discovering that there is a story … and for still others the main incentive might be to connect with the elusive feelings and associations of what happene

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