Author: Mary Oliver
Release Date: 2006-04
Genre: Literary Criticism
In her first-ever audio recording, Mary Oliver offers readers the all-too-rare experience of a live reading. She has selected forty of her favorite poems from work spanning four decades. The companion booklet includes an original essay.
Author: Mary Oliver
Publisher: Beacon Press
Release Date: 2006-04-01
Mary Oliver has been writing poetry for nearly five decades, and in that time she has become America's foremost poetic voice on our experience of the physical world. This collection presents forty-two new poems-an entire volume in itself-along with works chosen by Oliver from six of the books she has published since New and Selected Poems, Volume One.
You either love him or hate him. No matter if you think he’s an asshole or just a nice guy in a heap of trouble, Jack Reynolds will stir your feelings... On the surface he has it all: the women, the career, and the Central Park view penthouse, but behind his well-groomed and chiseled facade he has nothing. At least this is what he's about to realize... Find out how Jack gets his life-changing wake-up call in this fast-paced, heartfelt and funny novel about soul-searching, friendship, and love. Readers response to The Wake-Up Call... "A contemporary Don Draper!" "A riveting page-turner." "Brilliant fun for small money." "If you don't smile to this book, you probably never smile anyway." "Like a male Bridget Jones in the voice of Marian Keyes." "Good style, great flow! Can't remember that a book entertained me this much." "Gritty, realistic and a damn good read!" "The Wake-Up Call really has it all - you laugh, you're moved and most of all you're entertained." The Wake-Up Call has been downloaded over 40 000 times and reached the semi-finals in The Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Books of 2012.
Author: Taigen Dan Leighton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2011-11-07
Whether speaking of student or master, Zen hinges on the question. Zen practice does not necessarily focus on the answers, but on finding a space in which we may sustain uncertainty and remain present and upright in the middle of investigations. Zen Questions begins by exploring "The World of Zazen,"--the foundational practice of the Zen school--presenting it as an attitude of sustained inquiry that offers us an entryway into true repose and joy. From there, Leighton draws deeply on his own experience as a Zen scholar and teacher to invite us into the creativity of Zen awareness and practice. He explores the poetic mind of Dogen with the poetry of Rumi, Mary Oliver, Gary Snyder, and even "the American Dharma Bard" Bob Dylan. What's more, Leighton uncovers surprising resonances between the writings of America's Founding Fathers--including Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin--and the liberating ideals at the heart of Zen.
Author: J. L. Dobias
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2012-03-07
In the Science Fiction Thriller Cripple-Mode:Hot Electric Give me liberty or give me death wasn't Travis Lucia Hamilton-McQueen's foremost declaration. She'd returned from near death and wasn't keen on revisiting; she just wanted her life back. Granddaughter of a mass murderer; daughter of a convict; suspected terrorist with confused memories. No not that life, nor the alternate. A soulless clone with limited freedom and an amnesiac ward of Greater Terran Galactic Properties, with a possible Dissociative fugue identity; consigned to convalesce aboard Medical Space Station Perl. Mix in a rogue General with a handful of assassins and her life slips from surreal to something straight out of science fiction and fantasy.
Pub owner Maura Donovan may have Irish kin, but she doesn’t seem to have the luck of the Irish. Who could have foreseen that bringing live music back to Sullivan’s Pub would lead to a dead musician? Summer is ending in County Cork, Ireland, and with it the tourist season. Expat Maura Donovan is determined to keep Sullivan’s Pub in the black as the days grow shorter—but how? When she hears that the place was once a hot spot for Irish musicians who’d come play in the back room, she wonders if bringing back live music might be Sullivan’s salvation. As word gets out, legendary musicians begin to appear at the pub, and the first impromptu jam session brings in scores of music lovers. But things hit a sour note when Maura finds a dead musician in the back room the next morning. With a slew of potential suspects, it’s going to take more than a pint and a good think to force a murderer to face the music.
Offers insight on everything from the mountain landscape to the origins of consciousness and the cosmos, from geology to Chinese landscape painting, from parenting to pictographic oracle-bone script, to a family chutney recipe--a profoundly ancient and resoundingly contemporary spiritual ecology.
Author: Donald Hall
Publisher: Beacon Press
Release Date: 2012-03-13
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Distinguished poet Donald Hall reflects on the meaning of work, solitude, and love "The best new book I have read this year, of extraordinary nobility and wisdom. It will remain with me always."—Louis Begley, The New York Times "A sustained meditation on work as the key to personal happiness. . . . Life Work reads most of all like a first-person psychological novel with a poet named Donald Hall as its protagonist. . . . Hall's particular talents ultimately [are] for the memoir, a genre in which he has few living equals. In his hands the memoir is only partially an autobiographical genre. He pours both his full critical intelligence and poetic sensibility into the form."—Dana Gioia, Los Angeles Times "Hall . . . here offers a meditative look at his life as a writer in a spare and beautifully crafted memoir. Devoted to his art, Hall can barely wait for the sun to rise each morning so that he can begin the task of shaping words."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) "I [am] delighted and moved by Donald Hall's Life Work, his autobiographical tribute to sheer work--as distinguished from labor--as the most satisfying and ennobling of activities, whether one is writing, canning vegetables or playing a dung fork on a New Hampshire farm."—Paul Fussell, The Boston Globe “Donald Hall’s Life Work has been strangely gripping, what with his daily to do lists, his ruminations on the sublimating power of work. Hall has written so much about that house in New Hampshire where he lives that I’m beginning to think of it less as a place than a state of mind. I find it odd that a creative mind can work with such Spartan organization (he describes waiting for the alarm to go off at 4:45 AM, so eager is he to get to his desk) at such a mysterious activity (making a poem work) without getting in the way of itself.”—John Freeman’s blog (National Book Critics Circle Board President)
Author: Mary Oliver
Release Date: 2013-10-08
“The popularity of [Dog Songs] feels as inevitable and welcome as a wagging tail upon homecoming.” —The Boston Globe Mary Oliver’s Dog Songs is a celebration of the special bond between human and dog, as understood through the poet’s relationships to the canines that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. Oliver’s poems begin in the small everyday moments familiar to all dog lovers, but through her extraordinary vision, these observations become higher meditations on the world and our place in it. Dog Songs includes visits with old friends, like Oliver’s beloved Percy, and introduces still others in poems of love and laughter, heartbreak and grief. Throughout, the many dogs of Oliver’s life merge as fellow travelers and as guides, uniquely able to open our eyes to the lessons of the moment and the joys of nature and connection.
Author: Mary Oliver
Release Date: 2014-10-14
In this stunning collection of new poems, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has defined her life’s work, describing with wonder both the everyday and the unaffected beauty of nature. Herons, sparrows, owls, and kingfishers flit across the page in meditations on love, artistry, and impermanence. Whether considering a bird’s nest, the seeming patience of oak trees, or the artworks of Franz Marc, Oliver reminds us of the transformative power of attention and how much can be contained within the smallest moments. At its heart, Blue Horses asks what it means to truly belong to this world, to live in it attuned to all its changes. Humorous, gentle, and always honest, Oliver is a visionary of the natural world.
Devastated by the death of Jan, her husband of thirty-seven years, author Ann Tremaine Linthorst felt compelled to find a fresh sense of the meaning of her own life. A longing for a new love affair surprisingly launched her on an inward journey through her past. She found her many life adventures recast as spiritual epiphanies. In My Love Affairs with Life: A Spiritual Memoir, Linthorst takes us along on her daily nature walks, her year of seminary study in Scotland, and a family pilgrimage to medieval English cathedrals. She shares seminal insights from novels by C. S. Lewis and Charles Williams and the poetry of Mary Oliver. Linthorst introduces us to the spiritual teachers who brought healing and transformation, and opens up about the funny and painful romance that led to her marriage to Jan, a Jesuit priest from Holland. Throughout My Love Affairs with Life: A Spiritual Memoir, Linthorst allows herself to be shown where God has consistently met her in beauty and love. Enter into the very process of spiritual self-discovery and find a fresh perspective on your own life story.