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One Long River of Song

One Long River of Song

Notes on Wonder

Book - 2020 | First Back Bay Books trade paperback edition.
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When Brian Doyle passed away at the age of sixty after a bout with brain cancer, he left behind a cult-like following of devoted readers who regard his writing as one of the best-kept secrets of the twenty-first century. Doyle writes with a delightful sense of wonder about the sanctity of everyday things, and about love and connection in all their forms: spiritual love, brotherly love, romantic love, and even the love of a nine-foot sturgeon. At a moment when the world can sometimes feel darker than ever, Doyle's writing, which constantly evokes the humor and even bliss that life affords, is a balm. His essays manage to find, again and again, exquisite beauty in the quotidian, whether it's the awe of a child the first time she hears a river, or a husband's whiskers that a grieving widow misses seeing in her sink every morning. David James Duncan sums up Doyle's sensibilities best in his introduction to the collection: "Brian Doyle lived the pleasure of bearing daily witness to quiet glories hidden in people, places and creatures of little or no size, renown, or commercial value, and he brought inimitably playful or soaring or aching or heartfelt language to his tellings." A life's work, One Long River of Song invites readers to experience joy and wonder in ordinary moments that become, under Doyle's rapturous and exuberant gaze, extraordinary.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, 2020.
Edition: First Back Bay Books trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019.
ISBN: 9780316492881
Characteristics: xxi, 249 pages ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Duncan, David James
Alternative Title: 1 long river of song


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CircMary Mar 18, 2020

Each essay touched my heart in a personal way. It’s as if he could reach down into our shared commonality as human beings and put into words what we cannot. Laughter, tears, love of family, love of the natural world and the beautiful small things around us - it’s all there. This is a book to read and re-read often.


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