A Manual for Cleaning Women

Berlin invites her reader into a rich, itinerant life: one of beauty, pain, laughter, drink and surprising moments of grace.

Author: Lucia Berlin

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 9781447294894

Category: Short stories, American

Page: 403

View: 915

The New York Times bestseller 'This selection of 43 stories should by all rights see Lucia Berlin as lauded as Jean Rhys or Raymond Carver' Independent The stories in A Manual for Cleaning Women make for one of the most remarkable unsung collections in twentieth-century American fiction. With extraordinary honesty and magnetism, Lucia Berlin invites us into her rich, itinerant life: the drink and the mess and the pain and the beauty and the moments of surprise and of grace. Her voice is uniquely witty, anarchic and compassionate. Celebrated for many years by those in the know, she is about to become - a decade after her death - the writer everyone is talking about. The collection will be introduced by Lydia Davis. 'With Lucia Berlin we are very far away from the parlours of Boston and New York and quite far away, too, from the fiction of manners, unless we are speaking of very bad manners . . . The writer Lucia Berlin most puts me in mind of is the late Richard Yates.' LRB, 1999

A Manual for Cleaning Women

Readers will revel in this remarkable collection from a master of the form and wonder how they'd ever overlooked her in the first place. "Perhaps, with the present collection, Lucia Berlin will begin to gain the attention she deserves.

Author: Lucia Berlin

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374712867

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 799

"I have always had faith that the best writers will rise to the top, like cream, sooner or later, and will become exactly as well-known as they should be-their work talked about, quoted, taught, performed, filmed, set to music, anthologized. Perhaps, with the present collection, Lucia Berlin will begin to gain the attention she deserves." -Lydia Davis A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With the grit of Raymond Carver, the humor of Grace Paley, and a blend of wit and melancholy all her own, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday, uncovering moments of grace in the Laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, among switchboard operators and struggling mothers, hitchhikers and bad Christians. Readers will revel in this remarkable collection from a master of the form and wonder how they'd ever overlooked her in the first place.

A Manual for Cleaning Ladies

Author: Lucia Berlin

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Berkeley (Calif.)

Page: 20

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Evening in Paradise

Evening in Paradise is a careful selection from Lucia Berlin’s remaining stories – a jewel-box follow-up for her hungry fans.

Author: Lucia Berlin

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1509882324

Category: Fiction

Page:

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The chance to join 'the Revival of the Great Lucia Berlin' (New York Times) From the author of A Manual for Cleaning Women. Ranging from Texas, to Chile, to New Mexico and New York, in Evening in Paradise Berlin writes about the good, the bad and everything in between: struggling young mothers, husbands who pack their bags and leave in the middle of the night, wives looking back at their first marriage from the distance of their second . . . The publication of A Manual for Cleaning Women, Lucia Berlin’s dazzling collection of short stories, marked the rediscovery of a writer whose talent had gone unremarked by many. The incredible reaction to Lucia’s writing – her ability to capture the beauty and ugliness that coexist in everyday lives, the extraordinary honesty and magnetism with which she draws on her own history to breathe life into her characters – included calls for her contribution to American literature to be as celebrated as that of Raymond Carver. Evening in Paradise is a careful selection from Lucia Berlin’s remaining stories – a jewel-box follow-up for her hungry fans.

A Manual for Cleaning Women

A. Manual. for. Cleaning. Women. 42–PIEDMONT. Slow bus to Jack London
Square. Maids and old ladies. I sat next to an old blind woman who was reading
Braille, her finger gliding across the page, slow and quiet, line after line.

Author: Lucia Berlin

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447294904

Category: Fiction

Page:

View: 702

The New York Times bestseller 'This selection of 43 stories should by all rights see Lucia Berlin as lauded as Jean Rhys or Raymond Carver' - Independent The stories in A Manual for Cleaning Women make for one of the most remarkable unsung collections in twentieth-century American fiction. With extraordinary honesty and magnetism, Lucia Berlin invites us into her rich, itinerant life: the drink and the mess and the pain and the beauty and the moments of surprise and of grace. Her voice is uniquely witty, anarchic and compassionate. Celebrated for many years by those in the know, she is about to become - a decade after her death - the writer everyone is talking about. The collection will be introduced by Lydia Davis. 'With Lucia Berlin we are very far away from the parlours of Boston and New York and quite far away, too, from the fiction of manners, unless we are speaking of very bad manners . . . The writer Lucia Berlin most puts me in mind of is the late Richard Yates.' - LRB, 1999

Homesick

This collection of short stories includes such titles as "Angels Laundromat," "Her first detox," "Noel, 1974," and "Manual for cleaning women"

Author: Lucia Berlin

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 280

View: 465

This collection of short stories includes such titles as "Angels Laundromat," "Her first detox," "Noel, 1974," and "Manual for cleaning women"

Welcome Home

"As the case with her fiction, Berlin's pieces here are as faceted as the brightest diamond.

Author: Lucia Berlin

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374718326

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 176

View: 682

"As the case with her fiction, Berlin's pieces here are as faceted as the brightest diamond." --Kristin Iversen, NYLON NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE. Named a Fall Read by Buzzfeed, Vulture, Newsday and HuffPost A compilation of sketches, photographs, and letters, Welcome Home is an essential nonfiction companion to the stories by Lucia Berlin Before Lucia Berlin died, she was working on a book of previously unpublished autobiographical sketches called Welcome Home. The work consisted of more than twenty chapters that started in 1936 in Alaska and ended (prematurely) in 1966 in southern Mexico. In our publication of Welcome Home, her son Jeff Berlin is filling in the gaps with photos and letters from her eventful, romantic, and tragic life. From Alaska to Argentina, Kentucky to Mexico, New York City to Chile, Berlin’s world was wide. And the writing here is, as we’ve come to expect, dazzling. She describes the places she lived and the people she knew with all the style and wit and heart and humor that readers fell in love with in her stories. Combined with letters from and photos of friends and lovers, Welcome Home is an essential nonfiction companion to A Manual for Cleaning Women and Evening in Paradise.

Contemporary Authors

BERLIN , Lucia 1936PERSONAL : Born 1936 , in Juneau , AK ; daughter of
Wendell Theodore ( a mining engineer ) and ... Creeley and Dorn were influential
in helping her to publish her first chapbook of poems , Manual for Cleaning
Women .

Author: Gale Group

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9780787645939

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 467

View: 874

Your students and users will find biographical information on approximately 300 modern writers in this volume of Contemporary Authors(r) .

A Manual of Roman Antiquities With illustrations

Under the emperors the pænula was worn in the city as a protection against the
rain and cold ; ' but women were forbidden by ... White fascia , worn by men , "
were a sign of extraordinary refinement in dress : the mode of cleaning them was
by ...

Author: Charles ANTHON (LL.D.)

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 451

View: 633


Pollution and Reform in American Cities 1870 1930

Robert Clarke , Ellen Swallow : The Woman Who Founded Ecology ( Chicago ,
1973 ) , pp . ... Ellen H . Richards was the author of numerous volumes on
sanitation : The Chemistry of Cooking and Cleaning : A Manual for
Housekeepers ( 1882 ) ...

Author: Martin V. Melosi

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Medical

Page: 212

View: 248


Fine Print

In 1977 Holbrook Teter ( Zephyrus Image Press ) published a chapbook of a story
of mine : Manual for Cleaning Women . On one level it was a funny story about a
cleaning woman . It also expressed grief at a lover's death . The lover was ...

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Category: Book industries and trade

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A Manual of practical hygiene

233 The Medical Department of the Local Government Board have issued a
Memorandum 1 dealing with the provision of isolation ... in winter to 60 ° Fahr .;
keeping cool in summer ; means of disposal of excrements and slops ; and for
cleaning and disinfecting linen . An ... of not less than four rooms in two separate
pairs ; each pair to receive the sufferers from one infectious disease , men and
women , of ...

Author: Edmund Alexander Parkes

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 769

View: 997


A MANUAL OF THE DIRECT AND EXCISE TAX SYSTEM OF THE UNITED STATES

Local assessments for cleaning or repairing sewers are legitimate deductions
from the income of the property upon ... for should a whaler who has Income of
married women to be treated as income of husbands; only One deduction to be ...

Author: GEORGE S. BOUTWELL

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A Manual for the practice of surgery

In women , hysterical retention may also occur , as well as retention from other
uterine causes . ... to the infant's penis , and of cleaning it daily ; since a want of
such attention is frequently the source of urinary trouble and penile irritation .

Author: Thomas Bryant

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 1005

View: 642


A Manual of the Geology of India

It is also eaten by pregnant women . Punjab : Dera Ghazi Khan and Multan ...
Light - green or sabz - mitti for cleaning the hair , from Vadur in the Dera Ghazi
Khan District , 200 maunds , value Rs . 150 . Salt - range : NILAWAN . - A
lavender ...

Author: Geological Survey of India

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Geology

Page:

View: 580


Angels Laundromat

00 Earlier versions of some of these stories first appeared in Wild Dog , The
Noble Savage , The Critic , London Strand and The Atlantic Monthly . Maggie
May first appeared under the title Manual for Cleaning Women in a limited
chapbook ...

Author: Lucia Berlin

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Short stories

Page: 86

View: 643


Labor Relations Reference Manual

cleaning women , porters and waxers , " Todaro pays his employees by checks
and the locations of employment as drawn on his personal bank account . the
addresses of the Tishman , Grand He keeps separate payroll and other Central ,
and ...

Author:

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Category: Arbitration, Industrial

Page:

View: 403


The Manual of Occupations

15 a week . ( 21 ) W Assistant foreman . Utility worker who fills in wherever
needed ; hires workers in absence of foreman . ... 25 a week , women ; $ 35 a
week , men . ( 7 ) M Head wet fancy cleaner . $ 55 a week . ( 8 ) M Head cleaner .

Author: Rutherford Hayes Platt

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Occupations

Page: 477

View: 266


The Manual of Dates

A Dictionary of Reference to All the Most Important Events in the History of
Mankind to be Found in Authentic Records George Henry Townsend ... Prynne
denounces the attempt made in 1629 to introduce , according to continental
custom , Frenchwomen at the Blackfriars theatre . ... A tax for cleaning the streets
of Edinburgh was imposed in 1687 and in 1691 ; and an act relative to the
cleanliness of the ...

Author: George Henry Townsend

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Chronology, Historical

Page: 1082

View: 294


So Long

Berlin is one of our finest writers and here she is at the height of her powers." This is a collection for anyone who loves short stories or great writing of any kind.

Author: Lucia Berlin

Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher

ISBN: 9780876858936

Category: Fiction

Page: 214

View: 396

Twenty-three stories from a widely recognized master. Each will resonate, as questions of the human condition always do, in the heart of the reader. Lucia Berlin is widely recognized as a master of the short story. This collection captures distilled moments of crisis or epiphany, placing the protagonists in moments of stress or personal strain, and all told in an almost offhand, matter-of-fact voice. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "Most of the stories in this collection are very short and very simple. They are set in the places Berlin knows best: Chile, Mexico, the Desert Southwest, and California, and they have the casual, straightforward, immediate, and intimate style that distinguishes her work. They are told in a conversational voice and they move with a swift and often lyrical economy. They capture and communicate moments of grace and cast a lovely, lazy light that lasts. Berlin is one of our finest writers and here she is at the height of her powers." This is a collection for anyone who loves short stories or great writing of any kind.