The Sleep Library

Do you toss and turn until you finally sit up and flip on the light? Here are 11 books to get you through the endless, restless hours of the night, if not soothe you back to sleep.
The Company They Kept: Writers on Unforgettable Friendships by

The Company They Kept: Writers on Unforgettable Friendships

316 pages; New York Review Books
It takes one to know one. Among the accomplished memory artists of The Company They Kept: Writers on Unforgettable Friendships (New York Review Books), edited by Robert B. Silvers and Barbara Epstein, are Saul Bellow on John Cheever, Anna Akhmatova on Amedeo Modigliani, Derek Walcott on Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Hardwick on Mary McCarthy. Whether fond or surprisingly frank (Susan Sontag disliked Paul Goodman as much as she valued him), these essays are soothing in their intimacy, their acceptance of fallible fellow humans. "As always," writes Robert Oppenheimer of Albert Einstein, "the myth has its charms; but the truth is far more beautiful."
— Cathleen Medwick

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