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Devotion Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300218626
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Published: Yale University Press - September 12th, 2017

As part of the Why I Write lecture series, the legendary New York musician and author shares a short but engaging story she wrote while traveling by train. The story itself is book ended by the different authors of the past, as well as the current surroundings that inspire her writing (including a personal visit to the room where Camus wrote.) A minute but moving must for any fan of Smith's writing.

Review by Sarah C.

Upstream: Selected Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594206702
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2016

"Teach the children...stand them in the stream, head them upstream, rejoice as they learn to love this green space they live in, its sticks and leaves and then the silent, beautiful blossoms. Attention is the beginning of devotion." Mary Oliver is the only writer that makes me second-guess killing any rogue spider that comes near me, because her reverence for nature is more than mere observation - her writing becomes a spiritual experience in these essays.

Review by Sarah C.

White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101870853
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 3rd, 2016

Like a Romantic Larry David, Geoff Dyer travels from Tahiti to the Arctic Circle, meeting humiliation and disappointment on his quest for the Sublime.

Review by Stephen