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The Second Tree from the Corner

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"The variety of subject matter to be found in these graceful pages is enormous. But no matter what his subject, Mr. White always writes about it in a prose that is a joy to read."--New York Times
Paperback, 271 pages
Published February 1st 1989 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 28th 1954)
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Emilie Sandoz-Voyer
May 12, 2007 Emilie Sandoz-Voyer rated it it was amazing
For anyone who loves smart, tender writing about things that matter, and pigeons, and fred the dog, and goslings.
Jessica Navarrete
Apr 30, 2014 Jessica Navarrete rated it it was ok
The story, The Second Tree from the Corner is an adult novel. It begins with Mr. Trexler in a shrink’s office. The Doctor asked if he had ever had any bizarre thoughts before. Mr. Trexler had to think for while about this question. He know if he answered yes and told him some of his thought then the doctor would be more concerned about him. But he also knew if he said no then the doctor would know that he was lying. After a while Mr. Trexler said "no." After twenty minutes of therapy the doctor ...more
Vivienne Strauss
Apr 20, 2014 Vivienne Strauss rated it really liked it
Prophetic, funny, and sad at times. Made me feel nostalgia for a time before I was born.
Kenn Speicher
Jul 07, 2012 Kenn Speicher rated it it was amazing
White and Thurber at the New Yorker at the same time. The Golden Age.
Barbara
Nov 10, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like mild whimsical humor
It was a nice diversion and a nice light read.
Kathleen
Sep 03, 2015 Kathleen rated it really liked it
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There is such a variety of well written material in this book that everyone will find something to enjoy whether it is the prescient telling of events that have since happened or his recall of days gone by. All are told with an easy humor coursing through them.

"The Hour of Letdown" involves an intelligent machine that encounters resistance when it wants a drink after a hard day. For thoughts on sanity and sense or a lack thereof, here are two tales to try. "The Door" is a human version of a rat
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Deborah
Jan 21, 2008 Deborah rated it it was amazing
E.B. White’s four major themes recurring throughout this collection are both highly entertaining and painfully relevant: the absurdity of daily living in the context of a war abroad (WWII), the lamentable force of fear in the face of a more abstract kind of warfare (the Cold War), the contrast between old ways and new (agriculture, urbanization, mechanization, to name a few applications), and the role of the literary humorist.



How does humor fit in with such heavy topics? According to White, whil
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David
Jul 05, 2015 David rated it liked it
very uneven collection. great writer obviously, and there is some light funny stuff [e.g., a vignette about being hospital patient; letter to the IRS; musing about how to respond if you answer the phone and someone asks for you by name.....], some touching memoir bits, some incisive essays. Mixed together kind of randomly with poems, dated short nuggets from the New Yorker that didn't really need reprinting, etc.

definitely recommend skimming.
Alison
Jan 08, 2016 Alison rated it liked it
Mostly forgettable collection of essays and short bits from the New Yorker 1936-1951. The best one is his homage to the Model T, where he describes what it was like to drive one. The gas tank was under the front seat; rear view mirror and windshield wipers were extra.
Helen
Jul 05, 2009 Helen rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-b-white, poetry
Collection of early works, stories, poems, essays and comments on the past, present and future of the city and the country.

Quote: The Home

Homemaking reared its chintzy little head the other day when the ladies of the American Home Economics Association decided that the Home should rate a Cabinet position, to be called the Department of the American Home. It is a noble idea and would unquestionably attract the wrong people...she would probably be a lady whose emphasis would be on vitamins and lam
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Dave
Jul 17, 2012 Dave rated it it was ok
There was something wrong with this book. I love E. B. White and have enjoyed others of his essay collections before (especially One Man's Meat, which is nearly perfect). But this one bothered me. I think it's because these are essays White chose as his most lasting, and he's just wrong--many of the short pieces are too dated, too arch, too arty (especially the stories). I kept hoping they'd get to that sublime level of his letters or other pieces, but most seem to try too hard. Exceptions: the ...more
Louise
Mar 23, 2014 Louise rated it liked it
Read title short story only in "55 Short Stories From The New Yorker".
Matthew Dix
Jan 23, 2016 Matthew Dix rated it it was amazing
Pure beauty. Not a letter out of line.
Tim Timberly
Jun 29, 2015 Tim Timberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit dated, but I liked his view of the world.
Rachel
Dec 22, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, nonfiction
I read this several months ago, and I don't remember much of it. I remember liking it. White is a lot like James Thurber, whom I adore. One would read this more for the tone than for the content. Middle class 1930s-50s white male being a little silly and self-deprecating.
David
Feb 02, 2009 David rated it really liked it
No surprise: this collection is full of great writing. Especially loved the little, Talk of the Town-sized pieces. I love White's voice, his amused attitude...
Joslyn
Aug 16, 2007 Joslyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: shorts
recently re-read this book of shorts originally read in early 2006.
god, i love his writing. so clean and easy and witty.
Kris McCracken
Aug 09, 2013 Kris McCracken rated it liked it
A collection of literary miscellanea, some dated, some prescient. Uneven. C.
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Vicki
Jan 07, 2011 Vicki marked it as to-read
recommended by Robert Fulghum, author
Jimmy AI
May 10, 2010 Jimmy AI rated it it was amazing
On Chinese translation.
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Elwyn Brooks White was a leading American essayist, author, humorist, poet and literary stylist and author of such beloved children's classics as Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. He graduated from Cornell University in 1921 and, five or six years later, joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine. He authored over seventeen books of prose and poetry and was elected to t ...more
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