The bestselling author of "Writing Down the Bones" offers her compelling story of love, loss, and betrayal--a memoir that is ultimately a search to discover the truth that lives within all great failures.The bestselling author of "Writing Down the Bones" offers her compelling story of love, loss, and betrayal--a memoir that is ultimately a search to discover the truth that lives within all great failures.Read Less
Brand New. Hardcover. Brand new, not a used item. Please no orders from Tennessee. In this graceful, riveting memoir, the author of Long Quiet Highway reveals two major betrayals in her life. Goldberg candidly portrays the intricacies of her relationship with her father, an old-fashioned man's man who knew no boundaries. Soon after his death, she learns that her spiritual father, renowned Zen teacher Dainin Katagiri Roshi, has also betrayed her. Through the writing of this book, the everyday disappointments of Goldberg's life are transformed-and thanks to her gift for teaching, ours as well.
New. Ships From Canada. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 192 p. Audience: General/trade. Book Description: What was I doing standing up in front of everyone anyway? ...They had signed up for this lovely New Age weekend down in Florida--what was going on with this Natalie Goldberg? I knew only a handful had read any of my books. How was I going to leap over this mess smoothly and talk about writing practice, where I was on solid ground? I mentioned the horses from the seminar title--ahh, relief on their faces--they had come to the correct lecture hall after all. Then everything dropped away. I had nothing to say. So begins the journey by one of America's favorite writing teachers. Natalie Goldberg has inspired millions to write to develop an intimate relationship with their minds and a greater understanding of the world in which they live. Now, through this honest exploration of her own life, Goldberg puts her teachings to work. In this wry, nimble memoir, Natalie Goldber.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-06-28 "Of course, we are drawn to teachers that unconsciously mirror our own psychology," writes Goldberg in a memoir about her wrestling match with her particular devil. In Writing Down the Bones, she coupled writing with the insights of Zen Buddhism, showing writers how to use a stream of consciousness approach to move through blocks and understand their true experience. Here, however, as Goldberg explores the link between her elegant Zen master, Katagiri Roshi, and the gritty, charming bartender father who sexually violated her, she inadvertently demonstrates this approach's shortcoming. Years after his death, Goldberg learned that Katagiri, the teacher who taught her so much (and the subject of Long Quiet Highway), carried on affairs with female students. Goldberg was shattered; she'd wanted to believe he was an immaculate refuge. Liberation through disillusionment is a universal and durable theme, yet as Goldberg muses and tells stories-splicing in a long Zen tale for a little extra-dimensional oomph-her account closes rather than opens up. In spite of her fluid writing and honesty, the work feels insular and self-cherishing, like personal notes rather than a compelling narrative for the rest of us. Many readers will conclude that this is a not-so-great failure after all, or perhaps a heartache that hasn't really healed. Agent, Geri Thoma. Author tour. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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