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3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  119 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Talk Stories is a collection of Jamaica Kincaid's original writing for The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town", composed from 1978 to 1983, after she first came to the United States from Antigua. Kincaid found a unique voice, at once in sync with William Shawn's tone for the quintessential elite insider's magazine and (though unsigned) all her own -- wonderingly alive to the i ...more
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Published January 1st 2001 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Kesia Alexandra
Oct 28, 2014 Kesia Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are two questions people love to ask seasoned writers. The first is “when did you start writing?” and the second is usually, “what made you start?” Both questions are paradoxically valuable to young writers, or the answers are rather. While every writer has a different path and knowing another’s can’t necessarily illuminate what decisions you should make, it is nice to know that many writers who are now considered irreplaceable had humble beginnings.
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Oct 10, 2012 S. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's mostly a compilation of her Talk on the Town pieces for the New Yorker, but what I like about it is that you can clearly see where her writing style started, how it evolved into the New Yorker's voice, but then the ways in which it was still uniquely her own, which I suppose is the fundamental trick about writing. How to sound, essentially, like yourself. Or have a clearly identifiable voice, even when you're writing in an anonymous plural third-person. She also writes like she's not impres ...more
Layne
Apr 23, 2008 Layne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book from Crystal, and it was the perfect bus/carry around book. It's a collection of Jamaica Kincaid's short "talk of the town" pieces for the New Yorker, and it has lots of interesting details about life in New York in the 1970's as well as just some beautiful writing. I really loved it--I'd be glad to lend it out, too.
Joslyn
Aug 22, 2007 Joslyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shorts
very short shorts, and factual, conversational recaps like journal entries.
Tiphany
Jan 30, 2008 Tiphany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's read "The New Yorker" and hated it.
On the cover, Ms. Kincaid looks like a child, but really, she was in her twenties.

Laugh-out-loud funny, and bare-boned as The Glass house, I wish I could go back in time and be her friend a bit.
Amelia
The seventies in New York City, Friday afternoons dancing at the discotheque, all with Jamaica Kincaid. Sounds perfect.
Heidi
Apr 13, 2009 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-re-read
I read this book several years ago, and I remember loving it. It chronicles Jamaica Kincaid's beginnings as a writer. She's one of my favorite authors.
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Jamaica Kincaid is a novelist, gardener, and former reporter for The New Yorker Magazine. She is a Professor of Literature at Claremont-McKenna College.
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