Mary Oliver ‘Upstream, selected essays‘.
What can I say about this book.
That’s all it needs.
As poetic as her poems.
It gives you so much to think about too… I had to read it with a pencil by me to underline all the amazing resonating phrases. This is not a book to read and put on the shelf, but to read and re read, to dip in and out over and over again.
The way she writes about nature it’s so inspiring and really makes you want to go out and ‘be’ in a forest or a field or by the sea…
… For whatever reason, the hears cannot separate the world’s appearance and actions from morality and valor, and the power of every idea is intensified, if not actually created, by its expression in substance. Over and over int eh butterfly we see the idea of transcendence. In the forest we see not the inert but the aspiring. In water that departs forever and forever returns, we experience eternity…”
And this other quote too really caught my eyes in the current world ‘climate’:
(Also… Mary Oliver looks like my grandmother, who died when I was only 16. I’ll try finding a photos but she hated having her pictures taken…)
So 2 books down, 46 to go. I’ve updated the list with some of your suggestions. If the titles are in Italic it means I haven’t got the book yet… also… they could all change!
2017 – Magari domain resto (Lorenzo Maroni)
2016 – Upstream (Mary Oliver)
2015 – La tentazione di essere felici
2014 – Storia della bambina perduta (Elena Ferrante)
2013 – Careless people (Sarah Churchwell)
2012 – Wonder
2011 – The Paris Wife (Paula McLain)
2010 – Salar the Salmon (Henry Williamson)
2009 – Let the gread world spin (Colum McCann)
2008 – The White Tiger (Aravind Adiga)
2007 – Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (Barbara Kingsolver)
2005 – Never let me go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
2004 – The Sunday Philosophy Club (Alexander McCall Smith)
2002 – Everything is illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer)
2001 – American Gods (Nail Gainmand)
2000 – Coram Boy (Jamila Gavin)
1997 – Paradise (Toni Morrison)
1989 – The Joy luck club (Amy Tan)
1987 – Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)
1985 – Always Coming Home (Ursula Le Guin)
1981 – The colour purple (Alice Walker)
1979 – Sophie’s Choice (William Styron)
1978 – Beauty: a retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast (R McGinley
1977 – A morbid taste for Bones (Ellis Peters)
1991- Regeneration (Pat Barker)