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For the Time Being


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Following a novel, a memoir, and a book of poems, Annie Dillard returns to a form of nonfiction she has made her own--now, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

This personal narrative surveys the panorama of our world, past and present. Here is a natural history of sand, a catalogue of clouds, a batch of newborns on an obstetrical ward, a family of Mongol horsemen. Here is the story of Jesuit paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin digging in the deserts of China. Here is the story of Hasidic thought rising in Eastern Europe. Here are defect and beauty together, miracle and tragedy, time and eternity. Dillard poses questions about God, natural evil, and individual existence. Personal experience, science, and religion bear on a welter of fact. How can an individual matter? How might one live?

Compassionate, informative, enthralling, always surprising, For the Time Being shows one of our most original writers--her breadth of knowledge matched by keen powers of observation, all of it informing her relentless curiosity--in the fullness of her powers.

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A popular novelist and poet surveys the panorama of our world, past and present. She offers a natural history of sand, describes a batch of newborns on an obstetrical ward, chronicles a family of Mongol horsemen, and tells the story of Jesuit paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin digging the deserts of China. She brings together defect and beauty, miracle and tragedy, and poses questions about God, nature, evil, and individual existence. No index. 5.5x8<">.
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About the Author

Annie Dillard is the author of ten other books, including The Living, a novel; An American Childhood, a memoir; and Teaching a Stone to Talk, a collection of essays the Boston Globe judged one of the best books of the 1980s.

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jlucas71, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by jlucas71)
Annie Dillard has always been one of my favorites. For the Time Being is one of her best books in my opinion. The way she weaves stories back and forth leaves me feel like someone has pieced together a quilted blanket around me. Her descriptions of life and our world are breathtaking and haunting.
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