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Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another Language

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"Riveting and sharply observed." —Wall Street Journal

"Verbally and emotionally dazzling . . . [Rich] became fluent in the language of human possibility." —O, the Oprah Magazine, "10 Top Reads of 2009"
 
In this mesmerizing chronicle journalist Katherine Russell Rich plunges into new language and new life in India. By turns funny, frightening and deeply exhilarating, Dreaming in Hindi details the extraordinary year Rich spent learning to speak Hindi in the ancient city of Udaipur. The language continually led her into unexpected far corners: She taught art at a school for the deaf, judged a Michael Jackson-impersonators contest, watched as political tension erupted into violence, and by the end, found herself completely transformed. Seamlessly combining stories from her personal journey with wide-ranging reporting on the science of language acquisition, Dreaming in Hindi offers a thought-provoking account of what learning a new tongue can teach us about distant worlds and, ultimately, about ourselves.

"Rich is a charming raconteur." —San Francisco Chronicle

KATHERINE RUSSELL RICH, author of the award-winning memoir The Red Devil: To Hell with Cancer and Back, has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Salon, and O, the Oprah Magazine.

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Having miraculously survived a serious illness and now at an impasse in her career as a magazine editor, Katherine Russell Rich spontaneously accepted a freelance writing assignment to go to India, where she found herself thunderstruck by the culture and the language.

In this inspirational memoir, Rich documents her experiences, using Hindi as the lens through which she is given a new perspective not only on India but on the radical way the country and the language itself were changing her. Fascinated by the process, she went on to interview linguistics experts around the world about what happens in the brain when we learn a new language. Seamlessly combining Rich's courageous (and often hilarious) personal journey with wide-ranging reporting, Dreaming in Hindi offers an eye-opening account of what learning a new language can teach us about distant worlds and, ultimately, about ourselves.

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In this inspirational memoir, Rich documents her experiences in India using Hindi as the lens through which she is given a new perspective not only on India, but on the radical way the country and the language itself changed her.

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An eye-opening and courageous memoir that explores what learning a new language can teach us about distant worlds and, ultimately, ourselves.

 

After miraculously surviving a serious illness, Katherine Rich found herself at an impasse in her career as a magazine editor. She spontaneously accepted a freelance writing assignment to go to India, where she found herself thunderstruck by the place and the language, and before she knew it she was on her way to Udaipur, a city in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, in order to learn Hindi. Rich documents her experiences—ranging from the bizarre to the frightening to the unexpectedly exhilarating—using Hindi as the lens through which she is given a new perspective not only on India, but on the radical way the country and the language itself were changing her. Fascinated by the process, she went on to interview linguistics experts around the world, reporting back from the frontlines of the science wars on what happens in the brain when we learn a new language. She brings both of these experiences together seamlessly in Dreaming in Hindi, a remarkably unique and thoughtful account of self-discovery.

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At a time when her life seemed to be crumbling, Katherine Russell Rich took on a writing assignment in India, where she was seduced by the idea of learning to speak Hindi, the language she heard swirling all around her. In a rash moment, she determined shed go live and study in the ancient city of Udaipur. That decision lead to unexpected reclamation.
 
In this beautiful and spirited memoir, she documents her experiences, from the bizarre to the frightening to the full-out exhilarating. Seamlessly combining her courageous (and often hilarious) personal journey with reporting on the science of language acquisition, Dreaming in Hindi offers an eye-opening account of what learning a new tongue can teach us about distant worlds and, ultimately, about ourselves.

About the Author

KATHERINE RUSSELL RICH was the award-winning author of The Red Devil: To Hell with Cancer—and Back. She wrote for the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Slate, and Vogue, and taught writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, until her death in 2012 after a nearly quarter-century battle with breast cancer.

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JaeH, January 28, 2011 (view all comments by JaeH)
What moxie this woman has! I cannot say enough about the heart with which she relates her story by means of a rye writing style. There is a happy melding throughout of the everyday mundane and magical combined with lesser-known linguistic factoids. I've visited Udaipur and loved her descriptions of Rajasthan and the people she encountered. Kudos for a life boldly lived and baldly shared.
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ISBN:
9780547336930
Author:
Rich, Katherine Russell
Publisher:
Mariner Books
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Russell Rich, Katherine
Author:
Katherine Russell Rich
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Personal Memoirs
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Study & Teaching
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Asia - India
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Biography - General
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Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100631
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TRADE PAPER
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English
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Y
Pages:
384
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8 x 5.31 in 0.78 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Having miraculously survived a serious illness and now at an impasse in her career as a magazine editor, Katherine Russell Rich spontaneously accepted a freelance writing assignment to go to India, where she found herself thunderstruck by the culture and the language.

In this inspirational memoir, Rich documents her experiences, using Hindi as the lens through which she is given a new perspective not only on India but on the radical way the country and the language itself were changing her. Fascinated by the process, she went on to interview linguistics experts around the world about what happens in the brain when we learn a new language. Seamlessly combining Rich's courageous (and often hilarious) personal journey with wide-ranging reporting, Dreaming in Hindi offers an eye-opening account of what learning a new language can teach us about distant worlds and, ultimately, about ourselves.

"Synopsis" by ,
In this inspirational memoir, Rich documents her experiences in India using Hindi as the lens through which she is given a new perspective not only on India, but on the radical way the country and the language itself changed her.
"Synopsis" by , An eye-opening and courageous memoir that explores what learning a new language can teach us about distant worlds and, ultimately, ourselves.

 

After miraculously surviving a serious illness, Katherine Rich found herself at an impasse in her career as a magazine editor. She spontaneously accepted a freelance writing assignment to go to India, where she found herself thunderstruck by the place and the language, and before she knew it she was on her way to Udaipur, a city in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, in order to learn Hindi. Rich documents her experiences—ranging from the bizarre to the frightening to the unexpectedly exhilarating—using Hindi as the lens through which she is given a new perspective not only on India, but on the radical way the country and the language itself were changing her. Fascinated by the process, she went on to interview linguistics experts around the world, reporting back from the frontlines of the science wars on what happens in the brain when we learn a new language. She brings both of these experiences together seamlessly in Dreaming in Hindi, a remarkably unique and thoughtful account of self-discovery.

"Synopsis" by ,
At a time when her life seemed to be crumbling, Katherine Russell Rich took on a writing assignment in India, where she was seduced by the idea of learning to speak Hindi, the language she heard swirling all around her. In a rash moment, she determined shed go live and study in the ancient city of Udaipur. That decision lead to unexpected reclamation.
 
In this beautiful and spirited memoir, she documents her experiences, from the bizarre to the frightening to the full-out exhilarating. Seamlessly combining her courageous (and often hilarious) personal journey with reporting on the science of language acquisition, Dreaming in Hindi offers an eye-opening account of what learning a new tongue can teach us about distant worlds and, ultimately, about ourselves.

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