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The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction (Hardcover)

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A beautifully curated collection of Neil Gaiman's nonfiction works. Ranging from speeches to book introductions, each piece can inspire deep contemplation, just as quickly as it can insatiable laughter. Gaiman describes his musings on the abstractions of ideas with the same poetic, yet simple diction he uses in his recollections of past mistakes. With each passage, The View From the Cheap Seats uses the truths of the world to inspire readers to question, to read, and to dream.


— From Helen

June 2016 Indie Next List

“I must be one of the few people to love Neil Gaiman most for his nonfiction. Over the years, I've scoured the shelves and online for his speeches, his introductions, his forewords, even his tweets and blog posts, so this book is a thing of wonder. Filled to bursting with his humor, wisdom, and hope, all articulated in the thoughtful, generous prose we know and love, The View From the Cheap Seats will keep you company, give you solace, and help you think deeper, smile harder, and breathe easier.”
— Serena Longo (W), Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MA


An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics--from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories--observed in #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman's probing, amusing, and distinctive style.

An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his bestselling fiction. Now, The View from the Cheap Seats brings together for the first time ever more than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author's experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.

Insightful, incisive, witty, and wise, The View from the Cheap Seats explores the issues and subjects that matter most to Neil Gaiman--offering a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and influential artists of our time.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062262264
ISBN-10: 0062262262
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: May 31st, 2016
Pages: 544
Language: English