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A Writer's Life (2006)

The inner workings of a writer's life, the interplay between experience and writing, are brilliantly recounted by a master of the art. Gay Talese now focuses on his own life — the zeal for the truth, the narrative edge, the sometimes startling precision, that won accolades for his journalism and acclaim for his revelatory books. Candid, humorous, deeply impassioned — A Writer's Life is a dazzling book about the nature of writing in one man's life, and of writing itself.

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Thy Neighbor's Wife (1981, reissued 2009)

Although it shocked the world when it was first published in 1981, Gay Talese's exploration into the hidden and changing sex lives of Americans from all walks of lives is now considered a classic. A fascinating personal odyssey into the author's private self as well as a revealing public reflection on American sexuality.

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The Kingdom and the Power (1969)

In The Kingdom and the Power, former Times correspondent Gay Talese lays bare the secret internal intrigues at the New York Times, revealing the stories behind the personalities, rivalries, and scoops at the most influential paper in the world. As gripping as a work of fiction and as relevant as today's headlines.

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The Bridge (1964, reissued 2014)

In The Bridge, Gay Talese produces a tribute to those who built the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and an absorbing drama of politics and courage, loss and achievement, which reminds us of the ways in which a man-made structure can affect myriad lives.

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New York: A Serendipiter's Journey (1961)

New York: A Serendipiter's Journey is Gay Talese's first book. Accompanied by the photographs of Marvin Lichtner, the book covers the back alleys, boulevards, and characters that Gay Talese encountered during his first decade of living in New York City.

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New York: 365 Days (2006)

Spanning more than 100 years and featuring an introduction by Gay Talese, New York: 365 Days is a spectacular collection of then-and-now photographs from the archives of the New York Times.

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The Silent Season of a Hero (2010)

Chronicling Talese's writing over more than six decades, from high school and college columns to his signature adult journalism — and including several never-before-published pieces, a new introduction by the author, and notes on the background of each piece — The Silent Season of a Hero is a unique and indispensable collection for sports fans and those who enjoy the heights of journalism.

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Unto the Sons (1992)

In Unto the Sons, Gay Talese employs his prodigious storytelling gifts to tell the saga of his family's immigration to America from Italy in the years preceding World War II. Ultimately, it is the story of all immigrant families and the hope and sacrifice that took them from the familiarity of the Old World to the mysteries of the New.

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Honor Thy Father (1971, reissued 2009)

Here is the story of the rise and fall of the notorious Bonanno crime family of New York. Now considered a classic, Honor Thy Father was the first true-to-life look at the Mafia from the inside, as Gay Talese gained unprecedented access to the inner sanctum of dons, decisions, and deals.

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Fame and Obscurity (1970)

In this extraordinary work of insight and interviews, bestselling author Gay Talese shares with us the lives of those we don't know and those we might wish we did: Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, Manhattan mobsters, Bowery bums, and many others -- fascinating men and women who define our country's spirit and lead us to an understanding of ourselves as a nation.

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The Gay Talese Reader (2003)

The Gay Talese Reader is a compilation of fourteen of Gay Talese's most famous magazine articles, each carefully crafted to create a portrait of an unforgettable personality, place, or moment.

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The Literature of Reality (1995)

Edited by Gay Talese and Barbara Lounsberry, The Literature of Reality is an anthology of the best nonfiction writing over the last half century.

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