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Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun – by Faith Adielé
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/01/2004
ISBN-10: 0393057844 “Despite the name Faith, I’m an unlikely candidate for spiritual aspirations,” says author Adielé, who nevertheless became a Buddhist nun in northern Thailand. Raised Unitarian in Washington State, Adielé–the daughter of a Nigerian father and a Scandinavian-American mother–first visited Thailand in high school as a Rotary exchange student. She returned later on a leave of absence from Harvard, where she was as surprised as anyone by her decision to be ordained. Her account of her time as a maechi (female initiate) in a Theravada Buddhist forest community is full of lush details as well as keen insights about race, culture, and religion. Meeting Faith will appeal to readers who enjoyed Jan Willis’ Dreaming Me, another memoir by an unlikely Buddhist.
New book by EBMC community member Anne Finger August 28, 2009Posted by ebmc in Community NEWS.
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Call Me Ahab
A Short Story Collection
by Anne Finger
Imagine a Hollywood encounter between Helen Keller and Frida Kahlo, “two female icons of disability.” Or the story of “Moby Dick, or, The Leg,” told from Ahab’s perspective. What if Vincent Van Gogh resided in a twentieth-century New York hotel, surviving on food stamps and direct communications with God? Or if the dwarf pictured in a seventeenth-century painting by Velazquez should tell her story? And, finally, imagine the encounter between David and Goliath from the Philistine’s point of view.
These are the characters who people history and myths as counterpoints to the “normal.” And they are also the characters who populate Anne Finger’s remarkable short stories. Affecting but never sentimental, ironic but never cynical, these wonderfully rich and comic tales reimagine life beyond the margins of “normality.”
Anne Finger has taught creative writing at Wayne State University in Detroit and at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of several books, including the memoir Elegy for a Disease: A Personal and Cultural History of Polio; Bone Truth: A Novel; and Basic Skills: A Short Story Collection.