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Joyce Maynard

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09/25/2009

Joyce Maynard first came to national attention with the publication of The New York Times cover story, “An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back on Life” in 1973, when she was a freshman at Yale. Since then, she has been a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, a contributor to the CBS program “Spectrum,” a syndicated newspaper columnist whose “Domestic Affairs” column appeared in over fifty papers nationwide, a regular contributor to NPR and national magazines including O, The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Salon, San Francisco Magazine, USA Weekly and many more.

Her published works include the novels To Die For (on which the movie starring Nicole Kidman was based), The Usual Rules, The Cloud Chamber and the 1998 memoir, At Home in the World, which chronicled her complex relationship with J.D. Salinger. She will read from her new release, Labor Day, the story of a 13-year-old boy, his reclusive single mom and an escapee from a nearby prison—the subject of a major manhunt—who turns out to be just what the woman needs after years of post divorce isolation. “Labor Day works,” raves Entertainment Weekly, “by smartly focusing on the blinkered and somewhat naive perspective of (the young son) Henry.”

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