Drinking the Rain by Alix Kates Shulman
A Memoir

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At fifty, Alix Kates Chulman, author of the celebrated feminist novel, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, left a city life dense with political activism, family and literary community, and went to live alone on an island off the coast of Maine. On a windswept beach, in a cabin with no plumbing, power, or telephone, she found that she was learning to live all over again. In this luminous, spirited book, she charts her subsequent path as she learned not simply the joys of meditative solititude, but to integrate her new awareness into a busy, committed, even hectic mainland life.

 

About Alix Kates Shulman

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Alix Kates Shulman is the author of the feminist classic Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen and three other novels; two previous memoirs, including the award-winning Drinking the Rain; and two books on the political activist Emma Goldman. She lives in New York City.
 
Published July 5, 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Shulman threatens to make more of her time at the nubble than it warrants: In the absence of tangible links to the events at hand, repeated invocations of her erstwhile participation in the protest and women's movements seem little more than shallow posturing;

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In an elegant text, Shulman (Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen) describes the results of her abrupt decision, at the age of 50, to spend summers in a crude cabin on an island off the Maine coast.

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Shulman recounts her decision to escape her hectic New York City life by spending her summers in a remote and primitive cabin in Maine.

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Certain that this is the beginning of the end of her life, she seizes the day and listens to her heart, which urges her to remove herself from obligations and pressures that have filled her life.

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Shulman has written a beautiful exploration of midlife spiritual transformation.

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