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"After the release of his first novel (Mink River) last year, Doyle, editor of the award-winning Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon, returns to the finely honed nature writing and memoir that three times earned him inclusion in anthologies of the Best American Spiritual Writing. This new montage of 37 short essays is like surf casting with a well-weighted jig into the cold, wild Pacific — you never quite know how deep you will go. In 'The Genius of American Catholicism,' he inquires, 'Isn't belief that hope defeats despair a wild leap like the ones we take when we commit to marriage, to a vocation, to a tumultuous democracy?' With a fresh, relaxed, often humorous tone, Doyle provides an alluring mix of Annie Dillard's eye for mystery, Mary Oliver's contemplative paeans, and Kathleen Norris's unerring liturgical compass. But he doesn't shy away from harsh subjects: pornography, getting shot, and September 11. With two Pushcart prizes and a national award in literature, Doyle brings a steady hand to his craft. Even more delightful is the playful generosity he offers readers and his revival of a smart, invigorating American Catholic voice." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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kathG, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by kathG)
Brian Doyle's brief "notes" are full of beauty, and ring with "the very deep bell of
truth inside us." How blessed are we who read his words and find joy in being
human.
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k@rappjk, August 9, 2012 (view all comments by k@rappjk)
Brian Doyle has done it again -- taken all my breath away. The energy of life in
Grace Notes has the power of pulleys in a bell tower. These brief essays do ring
that "very deep bell of truth inside us." Chapel stories to crippled children and nurses to family humor -- Life is long and complicated; this book
is too brief. So, Mr. Doyle, more, more.
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ISBN:
9780879464349
Author:
Doyle, Brian
Publisher:
ACTA Publications
Subject:
Christianity - Catholicism
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "After the release of his first novel (Mink River) last year, Doyle, editor of the award-winning Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon, returns to the finely honed nature writing and memoir that three times earned him inclusion in anthologies of the Best American Spiritual Writing. This new montage of 37 short essays is like surf casting with a well-weighted jig into the cold, wild Pacific — you never quite know how deep you will go. In 'The Genius of American Catholicism,' he inquires, 'Isn't belief that hope defeats despair a wild leap like the ones we take when we commit to marriage, to a vocation, to a tumultuous democracy?' With a fresh, relaxed, often humorous tone, Doyle provides an alluring mix of Annie Dillard's eye for mystery, Mary Oliver's contemplative paeans, and Kathleen Norris's unerring liturgical compass. But he doesn't shy away from harsh subjects: pornography, getting shot, and September 11. With two Pushcart prizes and a national award in literature, Doyle brings a steady hand to his craft. Even more delightful is the playful generosity he offers readers and his revival of a smart, invigorating American Catholic voice." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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