Geoff Dyer




Geoff Dyer is the award-winning author of many books, including Out of Sheer Rage, Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It, Zona, See / Saw, and the essay collection Otherwise Known as the Human Condition (winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism). A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dyer lives in Los Angeles, where he is writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages.
 
 
 
 

 

June's Read of the Month

The Last Days of Roger Federer By Geoff Dyer

An extended meditation on late style and last works blending criticism, memoir, and humorous banter of the most serious kind into something entirely new. Ranging from Burning Man and the Doors to the nineteenth-century Alps and back, The Last Days of Roger Federer is a book about how to go on living with art and beauty—and on the entrancing effect and sudden illumination that an Art Pepper solo or Annie Dillard reflection can engender in even the most jaded and ironic sensibilities.
 

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Geoff's Book Recommendations

Check out some of Geoff's favorite books and read why he loved them so much!

 

Empire of Pain
By Patrick Radden Keefe

Un-put-down-able, rage-inducing -- and a masterly feat of extended investigative narrative.
 

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These Truths
By Jill Lepore


Enthralling and nuanced history of United States.
 

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Free Love
By Tessa Hadley


It’s 1967 and an English housewife finds herself caught up in a social and sexual revolution. My favorite novel of the year so far, by far.
 

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Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World
By Barry Lopez


Posthumous collection of essays by the great nature writer.
 

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A Game of Hide and Seek
By Elizabeth Taylor


First published in 1951 and perhaps the very best of twelve extraordinary novels by the English writer who died in 1975 and whose reputation grows with every year.
 

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More From Geoff Dyer

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
By Geoff Dyer

In Venice, at the Biennale, a jaded, bellini-swigging journalist named Jeff Atman meets a beautiful woman and they embark on a passionate affair. In Varanasi, an unnamed journalist joins thousands of pilgrims on the banks of the holy Ganges. He intends to stay for a few days but ends up remaining for months. Their journey—as only the irrepressibly entertaining Geoff Dyer could conjure—makes for an uproarious, fiendishly inventive novel of Italy and India, longing and lust, and the prospect of neurotic enlightenment.

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Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It
By Geoff Dyer

This isn’t a self-help book; it’s a book about how Geoff Dyer could do with a little help. In these genre-defying tales, he travels from Amsterdam to Cambodia, Rome to Indonesia, Libya to Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert, floundering in a sea of grievances, with fleeting moments of transcendental calm his only reward for living in a perpetual state of motion. But even as he recounts his side-splitting misadventures in each of these locales, Dyer is always able to sneak up and surprise you with insight into much more serious matters. Brilliantly riffing off our expectations of external and internal journeys, Dyer welcomes the reader as a companion, a fellow perambulator in search of something and nothing at the same time.

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Since 1996, the month of April has served as National Poetry Month to remind people of the role poets and poetry have played in our culture and history. Over the past 25 years, National Poetry Month has grown into of the largest literary celebrations in the world. To help you celebrate this year, we’ve created a list of 30 poetry books, one for each day in April. We’ve featured some of our favorite new releases, the most anticipated upcoming collections, classic works by some of poetry’s most influential voices, poetry from around the world, and the perfect poetry books to read with your kids, so whatever your age or interests you’re sure to find the books you need to keep your celebration going all month long.


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Celebrate Women's Voices for Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, an annual celebration of the achievements women have made, and a recognition of their hard-fought progress and historic moments over the course of history. Whether you are looking to educate yourself on the powerful women who have shaped the world, engross yourself in the poetic musings of some of literature’s most influential figures, or open yourself up to a whole world of women’s literature, we have the recommendations for you below.


Stories of Extraordinary Women

 
 
 
 
 

Classic Works by Women Authors

 
 
 
 
 

New Hits From Favorite Authors

Explore past bestsellers and the new novels coming out soon by the same authors.


Did you enjoy The Guest List by Lucy Foley?
Get ready for The Paris Apartment coming February 22


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List comes a new locked room mystery, set in a Paris apartment building in which every resident has something to hide…

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Did you enjoy Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho?
Get ready for Illogical coming March 22

Behind every triumph, every expression of his gifts, Acho has had to ignore what everyone around him called “logic”: the astronomical odds against making it, the risks of continuing to dream bigger or differently. Instead of playing it safe, at every turn Acho has thrown conventional wisdom—logic—out the window. Now, in this revelatory book, he’s empowering us all to do the same.

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Did you enjoy On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong?
Get ready for Time is a Mother coming April 5

In this deeply intimate second poetry collection, Ocean Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death, embodying the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it. Shifting through memory, and in concert with the themes of his novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Vuong contends with personal loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war in America. At once vivid, brave, and propulsive, Vuong’s poems circle fragmented lives to find both restoration as well as the epicenter of the break.

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