Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage by Anne Lamott

More “Windex for the soul” that speaks to the better angels in all of us.

While she continues to explore themes of faith, creativity, alcoholism, community and the most pressing topics of the day, Lamott includes a focus on the “third third” of one’s life, including her own marriage at age 66. Some of Lamott’s work over the last decade has been a little too scattered: this volume shows more poise, with fewer digressions into things like how her new jeans fit. This book feels very appropriate for our current zeitgeist: haven’t we all suffered “stunned minds, broken hearts” over this last year? This is the next best thing to being able to meet and talk things over with an old friend, in person.

Adult Non-Fiction Hardcover pr5987369

Being Ram Dass by Ram Dass

Begun in 2010 and finished after his death in 2019 by friend and colleague Rameshwar Das, this is a beautifully written book about almost nine decades of spiritual seeking and growth.

From his time spent researching psychedelics at Harvard with Timothy Leary (when he was known as Richard Alpert) through his authorship of the seminal spiritual bestseller Be Here Now, decades on the lecture circuit and teaching, to his work with hospice, prison and homeless communities, and travels in India, Ram Dass lived a large and influential life with a profound influence on Western culture. This shared journey is a gift.

While I usually include a fiction title with my staff picks, the beautiful forward by Anne Lamott for this book made me feel these two made a perfect pairing. Be. Here. Now.

Adult Non-Fiction Hardcover pr5938298

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