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Wintering : the power of rest and retreat in difficult times

Author: Katherine May
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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"An intimate, revelatory book exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down. Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Self-help publications
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
May, Katherine.
Wintering
New York : Riverhead Books, 2020
(DLC) 2020001773
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine May
ISBN: 9780593189481 0593189485
OCLC Number: 1143807290
Notes: "First published in Great Britain by Rider Books, an imprint of Ebury ... 2020."--Title page verso.
Description: 241 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: September. Indian Summer --
October. Making ready ; Hot water ; Ghost stories --
November. Metamorphosis ; Slumber --
December. Light ; Midwinter ; Epiphany --
January. Darkness ; Hunger --
February. Snow ; Cold Water --
March. Survival ; Song --
Late March. Thaw.
Responsibility: Katherine May.

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"An intimate, revelatory book exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down. Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. Wintering explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered. A moving personal narrative shot through with lessons from literature, mythology, and the natural world, May's story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat. Illumination emerges from many sources: solstice celebrations and dormice hibernation, C.S. Lewis and Sylvia Plath, swimming in icy waters and sailing Arctic seas. Ultimately Wintering invites us to change how we relate to our own fallow times. May models an active acceptance of sadness and finds nourishment in deep retreat, joy in the hushed beauty of winter, and encouragement in understanding life as cyclical, not linear. A secular mystic, May forms a guiding philosophy for transforming the hardships that arise before the ushering in of a new season"--

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