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Musings of a Book Addict

I'm married to a scavenger of sorts and he often totes home rescued boxes of books that I paw through with shiny, hungry eyes. I pull out the odd and interesting and add them to my teetering stack.

Currently reading

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle
E.B. White: A Biography
Scott Elledge
Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie
There Is Nothing Wrong with You: Going Beyond Self-Hate
Cheri Huber, June Shiver
Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thích Nhất Hạnh
No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger
Mark Twain
The Snare of the Hunter
Helen MacInnes
Paintings of Henry Miller
Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell
Dreamways of the Iroquois: Honoring the Secret Wishes of the Soul
Robert Moss
Pentimento (Back Bay Books)
Lillian Hellman

Longing for Darkness: Tara and the Black Madonna

Longing for Darkness: Tara and the Black Madonna - China Galland This reads like an academic dissertation turned into a book. It's really two books - the academic, historical description of her spiritual journey (with EVERY Buddhist teacher she trained with listed along with their lineage) and her own, very personal, fascinating internal journey on the path to finding the feminine in two very male-oriented religions. I, like many, wanted to love this book and in the end, it took a lot to finish it. It has a kind of plodding, travelogue feel to it. The chapters don't flow together. And yet, there are electric moments, like her description of healing herself of past birthing trauma, through her feverish sickness in Nepal. I also feel like the reason the author had such a hard time finding the Goddess on her travels, is because she had such a hard time honoring the feminine in herself. But this is an important book and I'm so glad she shared her story with the world.