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East wind melts the ice : a memoir through the seasons

Author: Liza Crihfield Dalby
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Liza Dalby, acclaimed author of Geisha and The Tale of Murasaki, brings us this elegant and unique year's journal-- a brilliant mosaic that is at once a candid memoir, a gardener's diary, and an enlightening excursion through cultures east and west. Structured according to the seasonal units of an ancient Chinese almanac, East Wind Melts the Ice is made up of 72 short chapters that can be read straight through or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dalby, Liza Crihfield.
East wind melts the ice.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)608323220
Named Person: Liza Crihfield Dalby; Liza Crihfield Dalby; Liza Crihfield Dalby
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Liza Crihfield Dalby
ISBN: 9780520250536 0520250532
OCLC Number: 69734542
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxv, 318 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Liza Dalby.
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"Liza Dalby, acclaimed author of Geisha and The Tale of Murasaki, brings us this elegant and unique year's journal-- a brilliant mosaic that is at once a candid memoir, a gardener's diary, and an enlightening excursion through cultures east and west. Structured according to the seasonal units of an ancient Chinese almanac, East Wind Melts the Ice is made up of 72 short chapters that can be read straight through or dipped into at random. In the essays, Dalby transports us from her Berkeley garden to the streets of Kyoto, to Imperial China, to the sea cliffs of Northern California, and to points beyond. Throughout these journeys, Dalby weaves her memories of living in Japan and becoming the first and only non-Japanese geisha, her observations on the recurring phenomena of the natural world, and meditations on the cultural aesthetics of Japan, China, and California. She illuminates everyday life as well, in stories of keeping a pet butterfly, roasting rice cakes with her children, watching whales, and pampering worms to make compost. In the manner of the Japanese personal poetic essay, this vibrant work comprises 72 windows on a life lived between cultures, and the result is a wonderfully engaging read"--Publisher.

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