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Composing a life

Author: Mary Catherine Bateson
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, [1990]
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This extraordinary book explores that act of creation that engages us all--the composition of our lives. Through the comparative biographies of herself and four of her close friends, Mary Catherine Bateson provides a fascinating framework for her inquiry into the creative potential of complex lives, where energies are not narrowly focused toward a single ambition but rather are continually refocused and redefined.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bateson, Mary Catherine.
Composing a life.
New York : Plume, 1990 printing
(OCoLC)654730938
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Catherine Bateson
ISBN: 0452265053 9780452265059
OCLC Number: 21375695
Notes: "A Plume book."
Reprint. Originally published: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, ©1989.
Description: xiv, 241 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Emergent visions --
In the company of friends --
From strength to strength --
Opening to the world --
Partnerships --
Give and take --
Making and keeping --
Caretaking --
Multiple lives --
Vicissitudes of commitment --
Fits and starts --
Enriching the earth.
Responsibility: Mary Catherine Bateson.
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This extraordinary book explores that act of creation that engages us all--the composition of our lives. Through the comparative biographies of herself and four of her close friends, Mary Catherine Bateson provides a fascinating framework for her inquiry into the creative potential of complex lives, where energies are not narrowly focused toward a single ambition but rather are continually refocused and redefined. Each of the women in Composing a Life faced discontinuity at periods in her life, yet was rich in professional achievement and personal relationships. Bateson's life-affirming conclusion is that life is an improvisational art form, and that the interruptions, conflicted priorities, and exigencies that are a part of all our lives can and should be seen as a source of wisdom. Important and empowering, Composing a Life will change lives.

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