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A Piece of Sky, a Grain of Rice: A Memoir in Four Meditations

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In this layered collage of memory within memory, Hale recreates for readers her kaleidoscopic experience of a decades-long journey to acceptance and insight. Writer, prodigal daughter, single parent, Buddhist disciple, and, late in midlife, a newlywed, she is transformed through an unconventional relationship with a female spiritual teacher and an odd ritual of repeated ta ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published July 1st 2016 by Apprentice House
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Sharman Russell
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful and profound memoir. Christine Hale burrows into her childhood with fierce honesty and unflinching intimacy. The places that we usually don’t want to go—she goes there. And takes us with her. We resonate and reverberate. No, we didn’t have that mother or that father or those particular first two husbands, but still we know exactly what she is talking about. The power and clarity of Christine Hale’s voice reminds us of the common human condition—betrayal and loneliness—and of the ...more
Angie
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
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I am a lover of both nonfiction and memoirs always learning new things and seeing the world through other people's eyes so therefore I was delighted to have the opportunity to read and review this book that is until halfway through I realized this book is not for me.

“Driving home alone after dropping B (her son) off at his dad’s, I can’t fail to notice how J (her daughter) is right, again: we never do anything together...and I keep on
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Bess
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice. Spiritual memoirs exist in the form of Eat, Pray, Love and the like, but I appreciated the quiet, authentic spiritual journey portrayed in this memoir. It was also refreshing to read something honest, and also unflashy, about being a daughter, a wife, and a mother. It wasn't a sensationalist, over-the-top harangue against traditional women's roles; but it was a clearheaded and true account of what it's like to live and question them.
Vicki Carbone
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book really resonated with me. The writing is amazing; her life more so. Her use of "You" to represent those others in her life was interesting. Whether she meant to or not, she made me reconsider my own life, in part because of that indefinite pronoun use. Thank you, Christine, for this sad, sweet, endearing lyrical look back at your life. I heartily recommend this book. Give yourself a final gift for this year and read it.
Tina Hvitfeldt
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had enjoyed the excerpts from this memoir that appeared in a number of online journals and was looking forward to its publication. But Christine Hale's memoir is so much more than the sum of its parts. Her non-linear 'layered collage' approach reveals memories within memories in prose that is exquisite.
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