Category Archives: non-fiction

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

I hadn’t planned to read this book. I have a friend who sent me a copy and as I’m trying to keep on top of any ‘new’ books I acquire (not adding to the TBR list) and as the gift … Continue reading

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Upstream by Mary Oliver

“And this is what I learned: that the world’s otherness is antidote to confusion, that standing within this otherness – the beauty and the mystery of the world, out in the fields or deep inside books – can re-dignify the … Continue reading

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When The Trees Say Nothing by Thomas Merton

“I am free, free, a wild being, and that is all I can ever really be.” I came across the name Thomas Merton when reading Sara Maitland’s A Book of Silence and it is a name I logged in my … Continue reading

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

There are moments in reading that catch you just so, that transform a book into an experience. Perhaps it is just a matter of timing, that you’ve achieved just the right blend of vulnerability, receptiveness and desire and the writer … Continue reading

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Farthest North by Dr. Fridjof Nansen

Fridtjof Nansen is a name which should trip off the tongue as easily as that of Scott and Shackleton, though perhaps more so because his polar exploration activity was more successful if less dramatic. Nansen was a scientist, a biologist … Continue reading

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