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The Earth House

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  10 reviews
They hadn't pictured themselves as the sort of people to take up Eastern spiritual practice. But on their first visit to a Zen center, two women discover something that speaks to them on a level deeper than their everyday experience, and they begin to make a new plan for their lives. What if they were to give up their suburban comforts and build a house beside a monastery ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 11th 1993 by Ballantine Books (first published 1992)
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Sep 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing better than a great Zen book that shows you your thoughts without preaching them. The way it is intended.
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Honestly, I don’t know how to a make a decent review for this book. As I have yet to hear from the author of her thoughts for writing this book (I love sending “fan mail” hahaha!), I would just like to say that I love The Earth House. I love new learnings, and analogies to life, and this book gave me a lot.

I bought this book from Amazon, and it was definitely worth the shipping cost! And Jeanne DuPrau is still one of my favorite authors.

I have too many favorite lines from the book, and I really,

Guy Newland
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is under-appreciated because, I think, it falls between genres. A memoir dealing with Buddhist meditation, grief, a same-sex relationship, and the construction of a house with earthen walls. Where to pigeon hole THAT? But damn good nonetheless.
Dayna Deck
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books. I think about what I learned from it often. I’ve bought it to share with many.
Robert Wesley
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
partnership; devotion; sacrifice; buddhism; lesbian memoir; and end of life. It is a short read, and concise written from the POV of a dedicated women's lesbian partnership. The author presents the gateway interest and passion of her lover's exploration and initiation into buddhism., A quantum leap, to the far end of buddhist's rites of preperation of the dying self; preparing a dying body in the buddhist art of embracing death of that body; buried in an 'earth house' so as to anchor the soul's ...more
Jack Black
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Frankly, one of my favorite books ever. A memoir about her buddhist meditation practice, losing her partner, and building a house.
Erika Nerdypants
Aug 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Spiritual Seekers
Recommended to Erika by: Barb from work
Interesting book that I read quite a while ago, but that has stuck with me.
Aug 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Appreciated reading about how they conceived of and planned for their house, interspersed with their Zen thoughts and experiences. I need more "Zen" in my life! ...more
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Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Eh, I'd I could give it 3.5.stars I would. I had really high expectations based on all the great reviews, but I thought it was just ok. ...more
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