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Long Quiet Highway

Waking Up in America

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A moving memoir of a journey of self-discovery through Zen Buddhism
In this autobiographical work, Natalie Goldberg takes us on a journey from her suburban childhood to her maturation as a writer. From the high-school classroom where she first listened to the rain, to her fifteen years as a student of Zen Buddhism, Natalie Goldberg’s path is by turns illuminating, disciplined, heartbreaking, hilarious, and healing. Along the way she reflects on her life and work in prose that is both elegant and precise, reminding the reader of what it means to be fully alive. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Natalie Goldberg, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection. “Long Quiet Highway is the autobiography of a thoughtful woman who grounded herself in Eastern thought and Western art—a precise history of Natalie Goldberg’s adventures as a poet, teacher, and spiritual student—a book full of sentiment and anecdote.” —Allen Ginsberg “[Goldberg] describes, in beautiful and simple prose . . . how her time with the Zen master Katagiri Koshi influenced her life and work. Many writers are indebted to her for pointing the way for them to open their hearts in their writing. In this book Goldberg opens her heart to us.” —Library Journal Natalie Goldberg (b. 1948) is the author of ten books, including Writing Down the Bones, which has sold over one million copies and has been translated into fourteen languages. She has also written the beloved Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America, a memoir about her Zen teacher. For the past thirty years she has practiced Zen and taught seminars on writing as a spiritual practice. She lives in northern New Mexico.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 28, 2000 – This tape chronicles Goldberg's lifeDfrom her middle-class Jewish roots on Long Island to her early days as a writing teacher to her 12-year relationship with Zen master Katagiri Roshi. After finishing college, Goldberg moved to the Southwest, where she began to write, teach and search for some spiritual connection outside of Judaism. She ended up marrying her college boyfriend and moving to his hometown, Minneapolis. Although the marriage didn't last, Goldberg began her Zen studies there with the legendary roshi. Katagiri's impact on Goldberg and her writing is so significant that even many years after his death, she finds it difficult to believe that he's no longer living. With her distinctive nasal "New Yawk" accent, Goldberg ambles from her childhood to her days as an inexperienced teacher overwhelmed by her students to her demanding studies at the Zen Center. Because this is such an intimate story, Goldberg's narration seems particularly emotional and heartfelt. However, listeners who aren't interested in Zen or those unfamiliar with Goldberg's writings may grow weary during this meandering audio book. Based on the 1993 BDD hardcover.
Long Quiet Highway
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  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Jul 26, 2011
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 248 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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