To Shine One Corner of the World: Moments with Shunryu Suzuki

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When Adair Lara's daughter Morgan turned thirteen, she was transformed, seemingly overnight, from a sweet, loving child into an angry, secretive teenager who would neither listen nor be disciplined. The author, her youngest son, Patrick, her ex?husband, Jim, and her new husband, Bill, all stepped on a five?year roller?coaster ride in which Morgan incarnated the chaos principle in torn jeans and dyed hair. Drinking, drugging, disappearing, suspicious companions, failing and cheating at school, driving while drunk ...
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When Adair Lara's daughter Morgan turned thirteen, she was transformed, seemingly overnight, from a sweet, loving child into an angry, secretive teenager who would neither listen nor be disciplined. The author, her youngest son, Patrick, her ex?husband, Jim, and her new husband, Bill, all stepped on a five?year roller?coaster ride in which Morgan incarnated the chaos principle in torn jeans and dyed hair. Drinking, drugging, disappearing, suspicious companions, failing and cheating at school, driving while drunk or in a stolen car?there was no variety of adolescent acting out that she didn't indulge in. For Adair Lara it became an endless sojourn at the end of her rope, a trial immensely complicated by the reappearance in her life of her aging father, a man who had abandoned his wife and seven children decades earlier. Inevitably, Morgan's misbehavior revives memories of her own head-strong adolescence, while her father's presence makes agonizingly real for her the consequences of giving up. Paradoxically, he also becomes the source of her best advice.

Hold Me Close, Let Me Go is an emotionally charged, often brutally honest memoir that will evoke shocks of recognition from all parents (and anyone who was ever a teenager). It imparts invaluable lessons about holding loved ones close through the roughest passages and about the power every family has to overcome the most grievous obstacles. Adair Lara is a clear?eyed and eloquent witness to the complex costs and rewards of motherhood, and her book will redefine for readers their idea of what being "a good enough mother" really means.

About the Author:
Adair Lara is an award?winning newspaper columnist whose column appears twice weekly in the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the author of five books, including Welcome to Earth, Mom, Slowing Down in a Speeded?Up World, and her latest, The Best of Adair Lora. Her articles and essays have appeared in Redbook, Ladies' Home Journal, Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Reader's Digest, and other national publications. She lives in San Francisco; her daughter Morgan has just graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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Shunryu Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, was one of the most influential Buddhist leaders in America until his death in 1971. He is still lovingly remembered by his students at the San Francisco Zen Center, who share their memories of the Zen master in To Shine One Corner of the World: Moments with Shunryu Suzuki. The brief personal stories, which are contributed anonymously, offer a strong sense of the man, his teachings and his enduring sense of humor. ( Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780767906517
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • Publication date: 3/6/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 7.04 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Shunryu Suzuki arrived in San Francisco in 1959 and founded the San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the first Buddhist monastery in and for the Western world. By the time of his death, twelve years later, he had deeply influenced thousands of people and made an indelible impression on the spiritual landscape of the West.

David Chadwick selected and edited the accounts that make up To Shine One Corner of the World, drawing on hundreds of interviews and notes amassed in the creation of his acclaimed biography of Suzuki, Crooked Cucumber, and from his ongoing oral history of Shunryu Suzuki. Chadwick himself began study with Suzuki Roshi in 1966 and was ordained by him in 1971. He is also the author of Thank You and OK!: An American Zen Failure in Japan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2001

    As Perfect As It Gets

    With a ton of humor and poignancy and absolutely no dogma, David Chadwick presents to us a beautiful book that collects students' recollections of moments with the great Japanese Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki. Every page is a revelation. I came to feel genuine love and respect for Suzuki despite never having met him, and only hope that others find the bliss that I did after reading this amazing, simple book.

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