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Already Home: A Topography of Spirit and Place

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  2 reviews
This powerfully moving memoir explores the connections between local history, the environment, the body, and the spirit. Intertwining themes of love and family, home and homelessness, neighborhood and lost wilderness, Barbara Gates takes the reader on a journey of personal discovery that artfully bridges the inner and outer worlds of experience. Prompted by a diagnosis of ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 24th 2003 by Shambhala (first published June 2003)
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Kasey Jueds
Sep 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
A hard book to categorize... part memoir, part history of the Berkeley neighborhood where the author lives, part geography, part spirituality. I ended up really liking it, though I was not sure I was going to initially; the beginning seemed kind of unfocused, but the way Barbara Gates moves between subjects--in an nonlinear, almost dreamy fashion--really grew on me. Beautiful, lyrical... I've never read another book like it. ...more
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I think this just wasn’t the right time for me to read a book like this. I had a hard time connecting with it 75% of the time, and while I wonder how it ends I had to throw in the towel. Too many good books to read to make myself read something I’m not connecting with.
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