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One Long River lowest of popular Song: Notes on Wonder sale

One Long River lowest of popular Song: Notes on Wonder sale

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From a "born storyteller" (Seattle Times), this playful and moving bestselling book of essays invites us into the miraculous and transcendent moments of everyday life.

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. Through Doyle''s eyes, nothing is dull.

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.

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"Astonishing... gorgeous... Doyle was a writer ''made of love and song and amusement.'' Every living thing intrigued him and was worthy of his powerful capacity for study and his equally powerful capacity for celebration."― Margaret Renkl, New York Times

"Brian Doyle took on the everyday and he suffused it, every last drop of it, with a redefining soulfulness... This posthumous collection will leave you marveling and wiping away the occasional tear. Certainly you will spill ink on its pages---starring and underlining, sprinkling exclamations up and down the margins... Over and over, Doyle''s musings are canticles of joy, punctuated with occasional double-shots of heartbreak and humility. It''s the textured layering, the leap from shadow to light, that keeps the reader alert, and ever absorbing. Always, emphatically, there comes wisdom; it''s a signature move, one you can count on. Have your pens aimed and ready. It''s a gospel of the ordinary, the shoved-aside, the otherwise overlooked. And at the heart of it, that ineffable and necessary unction, a holiness you can all but hold in your palms."― Barbara Mahany, Chicago Tribune

"A final collection of Doyle''s lyrical, sometimes mystical pieces about life and its gifts. Doyle often used his Catholicism to explore the human and natural worlds, but this is perhaps the most generous, universal ''religious writing'' you''ll ever read."― Bethanne Patrick, Washington Post

"Both ecstatic and sober...This posthumous collection dances on the edge of mortality, tossing out exaltations and questions, and offering a fresh, playful, slant on spiritual writing...a celebration of life, love, and waking each day."― Jane Ciabattari, BBC

"The first pleasure of reading Doyle lies in being swept away by the deft melding of his two most distinctive qualities, his sentences and his sensibility. How he loved sentences. And how he loved the world. Form and content never fit more hand in glove...I don''t know a writer who more reliably or with such seeming ease plucks genuine epiphanies fresh from the ether. The ubiquity of these is testament to Doyle''s craft or, perhaps, the quality of his attention... One Long River of Song demonstrates what Doyle''s writing has always demonstrated, that when you find the courage to pay attention and be open to love, you can trust that ''doing your chosen work with creativity and diligence will shiver people far beyond your ken.''"― Scott F. Parker, The Oregonian

"A wonder-filled book... Doyle''s essays often wriggle with wild miracles... Doyle''s greatest gift may be the quiet wisdom that grows out of his senses of humor and humility and gratitude... Reading this collection of essays will awaken readers to the everyday wonders of saying yes."― Tom Montgomery Fate, The Christian Century

"Brian''s glowing essays create a vision of what a good person might be, what a good life surely is, a larger story of the transformative power of joyful gratitude."― Kathleen Dean Moore, Orion Magazine

" One Long River of Song celebrates life in all its iterations. Remarkable for their kindness and intelligence, their humanity and humor, these essays are a thoughtful antidote for the cheap cynicism present in so much of the media we consume."― Ann Cannon, Salt Lake Tribune

"The essays in One Long River of Song are truly staggering--as close as stones in our palms, and as vast as the sky. Brian Doyle''s voice is full of tender pivots, keen wit, and startling joy, summoning all of us to pay more passionate attention to the world."― Leslie Jamison, author of the New York Times bestsellers TheEmpathy Exams and The Recovering

"A posthumous collection of stunning mystical prose...Doyle''s prose is so expansive and dripping with visceral detail that even the briefest vignettes are often a wondrous adventure. This brilliant compendium of spiritual musings will resonate with people of any faith--or of none."― Kirkus (starred review)

"A generous, posthumous collection [with] the rhythm of poems and the lyricism of songs...infused with qualities of spirit, goodness, and grace. Doyle was a wonderful stylist...he is generous, almost profligate in filling his work with [love]...readers will be equally grateful for this lovely book and its beautiful contents."― Michael Cart, Booklist (starred review)

"An excellent, thought-provoking collection of essays that is likely to make you run out and pick up anything else he''s written."― Ray Walsh, Lansing State Journal

"Doyle''s curiosity is insatiable and his self-described Celtic-mystic disposition spots the transcendent regularly. As much haunted by the language of James Joyce as the lessons of Jesus, Doyle sees and celebrates what happens every day in each essay of this eclectic collection. This ''best-of'' should enlarge his circle of admirers."― Publishers Weekly

"Dazzling... Doyle''s writing bursts with vivid descriptions...a renewed opportunity for more readers to discover the insight and humanity of his work...Doyle''s brand of theology will appeal to fans of the work of writers like Anne Lamott...readers fortunate enough to discover the many pleasures of Brian Doyle''s work here will be grateful, too, for that encounter."― Harvey Freedenberg, Shelf Awareness

About the Author

Brian Doyle (1956-2017) was born in New York and attended the University of Notre Dame. He worked at U.S. Catholic Magazine, Boston College Magazine and, up until his death, was the editor of Portland Magazine. He wrote a number of novels and works of nonfiction, and his essays appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Harper''s Orion, American Scholar, America Magazine, and many more. He won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the 2017 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing, the Oregon Book Award, three Pushcart Prizes, among others, and had multiple essays included in Best American Essays.

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K Douglas Brown
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Deep Gratitude
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2019
I never met Brian Doyle, but if I had, he would be a best friend. His writing pierced my soul in profound ways. I received my copy of ''One Long River of Song'' yesterday and was deeply moved by David James Duncan''s introduction and by the first few entries, especially... See more
I never met Brian Doyle, but if I had, he would be a best friend. His writing pierced my soul in profound ways. I received my copy of ''One Long River of Song'' yesterday and was deeply moved by David James Duncan''s introduction and by the first few entries, especially ''Tigers''. BD had an uncanny (and unparalleled) gift of making you laugh, cry, think profoundly and deeply, shake your fist at the world, and celebrate the many wonders of living. I was and continue to be deeply saddened by his ''gone too soon'' death, but I celebrate and cherish the fact that we have his writing to guide and accompany us along the way. Read this book!
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An Educated Heart
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2019
Earlier this year David James Duncan introduced me to an ancient Scandinavian story entitled the Lind Worm. The part of the story that grabbed my attention and still strongly remains with me is the idea of educating one’s heart. His introduction to his late... See more
Earlier this year David James Duncan introduced me to an ancient Scandinavian story entitled the Lind Worm. The part of the story that grabbed my attention and still strongly remains with me is the idea of educating one’s heart.

His introduction to his late friend, Brian Doyle’s book of posthumous essays ushers the reader onto this path.
Brian Doyle, who died too young, embodied this idea. One Long River of Song, a collection of his essays which was released last week, emphasizes Brian’s ability to not only love from the depths of his heart, but to gently educate his readers to do so through examples and osmosis.

Brian uses humor, wonder, brilliance and amazement, if not a lot of punctuation and adverbs, to accomplish this.
It took the maiden in the story a year to educate her heart. Brian can lead you onto and down this path in about 240 pages. One Long River is a book to savor and share and return to again and again.
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Susan Drees
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Thoughtful and often humorous essays on life
Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2020
Brian Doyle seems to have been a person who was in love with life, all aspects of life. And he seems to have lived his life fully. Doyle wrote novels and stories but essays, published in a variety of outlets, were his mainstay. Before his death in 2017, he agreed to having... See more
Brian Doyle seems to have been a person who was in love with life, all aspects of life. And he seems to have lived his life fully. Doyle wrote novels and stories but essays, published in a variety of outlets, were his mainstay. Before his death in 2017, he agreed to having his friend David Duncan create this final collection of some of his essays.

The focus of many, if not most, of of his essays, here and elsewhere, is the spiritual realm and the natural world. For me, it appears that Doyle viewed the world through a spiritual lens so that even essays not overtly spiritual take on that tone. Not in any “heavy” or preaching manner, but more that of a constantly seeking, thankful and inquiring man.

Doyle loved the natural world, was especially fond of raptors and wrote about his interactions with glaring owls and swooping hawks. His sense of humor infiltrates his writing constantly, as does his love of family. All generations become subjects, lovingly. There is no meanness here, none at all. There may be unhappy or negative moments, but Doyle doesn’t deal in petty or repressive as so many do.

Brian Doyle is a man I wish I had known, a man I would have loved to talk with. Not at all sanctimonious, rather a man who appears to have had many of my questions of life but to have thought (and perhaps prayed) more on answers.

Highly recommended to all.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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Barbara Fuhrwerk
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A long awaited published work
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2019
Brian Doyle would posthumously be proud of this book and readers get a great dose of great writing. If you love Mary Oliver, you will love Brian''s perception of life around him. We (I) miss him terrible although we never met.
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D2Zen
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Gorgeous read ... buy this book
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2020
This collection of Doyle''s essays should be a Valentine gift for someone—no, make that EVERYONE you love who can read. Doyle was in exquisite command of the language. He characterized himself as a small man, writing about small things. Any man who could be a... See more
This collection of Doyle''s essays should be a Valentine gift for someone—no, make that EVERYONE you love who can read.

Doyle was in exquisite command of the language. He characterized himself as a small man, writing about small things. Any man who could be a favorite of poet Mary Oliver and famously cantankerous atheist Christopher Hitchens is one you should own.

So read this book. Slowly. Essay by essay. Pause when tears blur your vision. It will touch your heart. Make you think, and laugh, and cry, and order a copy with next day delivery for your best friend.
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Jill Darley-Vanis
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Moved by the power of words
Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2020
I have loved Brian Doyle since he hit my radar: I''ve used _Mink River_ in my PNW literature course for the past four years. But this collection of essays is so lyrical, so poignant, so absolutely beautiful in its use of the possibilities of language that it''s one not to... See more
I have loved Brian Doyle since he hit my radar: I''ve used _Mink River_ in my PNW literature course for the past four years. But this collection of essays is so lyrical, so poignant, so absolutely beautiful in its use of the possibilities of language that it''s one not to miss. It''s a show stopper.

I am often moved by words. But I haven''t been moved by words to this extent for a long while.

Thank you for all involved in the compilation of this beautiful collection.
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Elyse
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Do your soul a favor...
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2020
If you''re feeling *any* negative feelings, I strongly encourage you to buy this book. I barely know who this guy is, but these short essays have brought such joy to my life over the past few weeks. The first one, only 3 pages in length, is worth the price alone. Give your... See more
If you''re feeling *any* negative feelings, I strongly encourage you to buy this book. I barely know who this guy is, but these short essays have brought such joy to my life over the past few weeks. The first one, only 3 pages in length, is worth the price alone. Give your soul a gift. This was referred to me randomly by a Twitter friend and it changed my entire year.
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Gbee
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Wonderful!!! Classic Brian Doyle!
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2020
I don’t have the book with me at the moment; I forgot to do a review earlier & just came across the amazon request. I don’t do reviews for most books I read (one or two a week) but Brian deserves a review if anyone does! He was the best & our world is so very much less... See more
I don’t have the book with me at the moment; I forgot to do a review earlier & just came across the amazon request. I don’t do reviews for most books I read (one or two a week) but Brian deserves a review if anyone does! He was the best & our world is so very much less without him. Buy it! Read it! Buy it for your friends & family members. They will be grateful & like you, will become lifetime fans/readers of one of the dearest men who ever graced the earth. I never knew him personally but I knew his heart, his family, the things that made him happy or sad & many of them are the same things that make all of us happy or sad. Miss you, Brian!
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hermione
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Manufacturing defect
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 5, 2021
Difficult to comment on the book itself as it arrived with the pages unfinished along one edge. The replacement sent also had the same issue, so a manufacturing defect I would assume. The passage I did read was very humorous and as it was a gift for someone I will attempt...See more
Difficult to comment on the book itself as it arrived with the pages unfinished along one edge. The replacement sent also had the same issue, so a manufacturing defect I would assume. The passage I did read was very humorous and as it was a gift for someone I will attempt to purchase a better copy elsewhere.
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