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Solace: Rituals of Loss and Desire

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NPR commentator Mary Sojourner, "a pithy yet sensuous, spiritual yet ferocious writer" (Booklist), delivers a powerful memoir about the joys of rejecting the pace, addictions, and false values of society...and learning to live without compromise.

Twenty years ago, Mary Sojourner was a mental health consultant and counselor in Rochester, New York, a divorced mother of three, longing for her real work, her real home. She found it in Flagstaff, Arizona, in a remote two-room cabin that had no running water and only a wood stove for heat, but offered Sojourner everything she needed in terms of light, beauty, joy, and the perfect setting for writing and reconnecting.

Solace is a book about obsession and release, and the lifelong search for balance in a world revolving around appetite and acceleration. Written in short, beautifully crafted pieces, the book carries the reader through Sojourner's life, from a restrained Catholic childhood to the excesses of her generation, through motherhood and divorce to her quiet, solitary existence in the Southwest, where she has learned the importance of living at the right pace.

Sojourner's voice is as compelling on the page as it is on the radio — lively, funny, moving, combining the outspoken out-of-stepness of Anne Lamott with the environmental activism and poetic prose of Terry Tempest Williams. In chapters with titles such as "God Is Coming and She Is Pissed" and "How to Leave: Leave," her vivid personality, passion, and sense of humor come through. This is a book for women everywhere — those who recognize their own truths in Mary's life and younger readers who will find inspiration in her hard-won wisdom.

About the Author

Mary Sojourner, now sixty-four, started writing at age forty-five. She is also the author of Delicate, an acclaimed book of short stories, and is a contributor to NPR's Morning Edition. She teaches writing in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Table of Contents

Contents

What Goes Around Comes Around

What Goes Around Comes Around

Scheherazade: A Woman Tells Stories to Save Her

Life

Scheherazade

Red Canoe

The Morning in the Heart of the Dark

Soul-Kissing in Purgatory

Kidnapped

Using

Smoke: Visible Vapor Given Off by a Smoldering Substance

The Windows in the Gypsy Wagon Are

Sheets of Mica

God Is Coming and She Is Pissed

Chief of Police Nixes Naked New Yorkers

The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm

Fast-Forward

Brother Blood/Sister Solitude

Burning

Hunting Shelter, Finding Sanctuary

Hunting Shelter, Finding Sanctuary

How to Leave: Leave

I'm Scared. I'll Do It.

Heading Home

Big Window

Animal Time

Dead Bill

Minimum Wage

Crack in the World

Ev

Deathwatch

Crack in the World

Razor Vision

Now Somebody Else Knows

What Comes Around Goes Around

Drastic Measures

What Catches You When You Stop Running

What the Simplicity Gurus Leave Out

Never Leave Your Machine

Medicine

Doing Nothing

Daily

Occupying Less

The Essential

Spirit Line

Road Time

Spirit Line

Gratitude

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743229685
Subtitle:
Rituals of Loss and Desire
Author:
Sojourner, Mary
Publisher:
Scribner
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United States - West - Mountain (General)
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Environmentalists
Subject:
Substance Abuse & Addictions - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Self-Help
Copyright:
Series Volume:
67 (suppl. 2)
Publication Date:
20040302
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in 10.832 oz

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History and Social Science » Americana » Arizona
History and Social Science » Americana » Southwest
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