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The Tradition by Jericho Brown - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781556594861
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 2nd, 2019

A child's voice; a man's voice; a black man's voice; a queer man's voice; beyond race; beyond gender; gentle eyes that don't look away from the carnage called life. ~ Reviewed by Efton Jiles


The Power of the Dog: A Novel by Thomas Savage - Book Review

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By Thomas Savage, Annie Proulx (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780316436601
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 23rd, 2021

Far, far better than the movie - more menacing, more redemptive, more disturbing.
In both movie and book, Phil's withering masculinity is at once incandescent and pathetic. It is the character of Peter, mystic, mysterious, and reptilian, that the movie shorts. In the book there is a deep, untold darkness coupling Peter and Phil before the movie's first frame. This is a sinister tale of misidentified prey and predator. ~ Reviewed by Efton Jiles


Tao Te Ching: Text Only Edition by Lao Tzu - Book Review

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By Lao Tzu, Gia-Fu Feng (Translated by), Jane English (Translated by), Toinette Lippe (Translated by), Jacob Needleman (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780679724346
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Published: Vintage - August 28th, 1989

This is the poetic and scholarly 1972 translation that is the reference illumination of the Chinese text. It is still considered the most accessible translation of this often-enigmatic text in the English language. Gia-Fu has been called “the Taoist rogue.’ He translated for Alan Watts, who called him "the real thing," during the early years of Eastern spiritual awakening in the US, and was in communion with Jack Kerouac and the Dharma bums – in addition to earning a master’s degree in international finance at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His calligraphy is legendary and Jane English’s photographs are ... Tao. ~ Reviewed by Efton Jiles


The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth by Thomas Jefferson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780486449210
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Published: Dover Publications - June 23rd, 2006

Perfect gift for someone yearning for the blessings of the Gospels - but tired of and confused by Big "C" Christianity. Jefferson actually took scissors to his bible and cut out what he considered not to be the honest teachings of Jesus. Gone is the supernatural, the political, the evangelical. What remains is love and service. The introduction by Dr Church is revelatory of Jesus and also of Jefferson. ~ Reviewed by Efton Jiles


Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam by Marjorie Pivar - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780312314316
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 3rd, 2006

This book reads like mystery, adventure, and science fiction. Born in 1950, son of a revered traditional healer, Quang was schooled in ancient Chinese and Vietnamese herbal medicine and magic. He spent three years sequestered in a cave deep in a forbidden mountain, taught by an ageless master who was present in his body only occasionally, Later, as a Buddhist monk and abbot, Quang was able to save many lives during the Vietnam Civil War - was a prisoner of the VietCong forced to create pharmaceuticals. He escaped and eventually found his way to Vermont, where he currently practices herbal healing. ~ Reviewed by Efton Jiles


My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780142004418
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Published: Penguin Books - June 29th, 2004

Delightful classic of family humor in an exotic setting. Better in print than the excellent PBS Masterpiece Theater adaptation. Chuckles, smiles, the occasional tear. Perfect antidote for our clouded times. ~ Reviewed by Efton Jiles


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