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A Sense of Wonder

The World's Best Writers on the Sacred, the Profane, and the Ordinary
Paperback Book
Orbis Books
September, 2016
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$26.95 CAD
Publisher’s Description: 

"While the spiritual may be hard to describe 'except with such ephemeral gossamer murk as epiphany, or awakening or shiver of the heart,' notes editor Doyle, this essay collection demonstrates how effectively good writers can capture wonder within human existence, with little or no murk whatsoever.... With his keen eye for excellent spiritual writing, explicitly religious or not, Doyle offers an array of choices that may, in his words, 'open the most stunning doors.' " -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

An anthology of 37 astonishing personal stories and essays from some of America's best writers that first appeared in Portland Magazine, “the best university magazine in America” (Newsweek) and “the best spiritual magazine in the country" (Annie Dillard).

● Ian Frazier
● Mary Gordon
● David James Duncan
● Mary Oliver
● Barry Lopez
● Pico Iyer
● Cynthia Ozick
● Edward Hoagland
● William Stafford
● Thomas Lynch
● Paul Hawken
● and many more

Brian Doyle is author of twenty acclaimed books of nonfiction including How the Light Gets In (Orbis) and the novels Mink River and The Plover.


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