Johanna Adorjan

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First Lines from New Books Out Today, January 30, 2012

"On October 13, 1991 my grandparents killed themselves. It was a Sunday. Not really the ideal day of the week for suicide."
An Exclusive Love: A Memoir by Johanna Adorjan, translated by Althea Bell

"By the time he received the Nobel Prize in 1975, Eugenio Montale was widely recognized as a poet who had revolutionized the art in his native Italy, and whose voice reverberated among the great international moderns: Eliot, Pound, and Valery, along with Yeats and Cavafy."
The Collected Poems of Eugenio Montale, 1925 - 1977 translated by William Arrowsmith and edited by Rosanna Warren

"This book has been written for anyone who has to deal with people on a daily basis. Whether you are a teacher, a professor, a pilot or a top manager, you will be confronted by the same questions time and again: How do I make the right decision? How can I motivate myself or my team? How can I change things? How can I work more efficiently? And on a more personal: What do my friends reveal about me? Do I live in the here and now? What do I want?"
The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschappeler

"I live in a lovely place. It is a small farm, just a few acres, but it is beautiful. I created this farm over many years, and it is still evolving, and will continue to for many years hence. I never intended to be a farmer and yet it feels right. I enjoy a connection to the land, to the animals here, and I am endlessly thrilled to make food; to feed people."
Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land by Kurt Timmermeister

The purview and significance of the best memoirs extend well beyond the writer — a relief, since most people’s lives aren’t nearly as interesting as they think. The focus of Johanna Adorjan’s An Exclusive Love is not herself but her paternal grandparents. Despite its schmaltzy title, her memoir is a haunting, beautifully composed book that aims to understand why this elegant couple — Hungarian-Jewish Holocaust survivors who fled Communist Budapest in 1956 and settled successfully in Denmark — committed double-suicide on Oct. 13, 1991, when the author was 20.