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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek/An American Childhood/The Writing Life
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek/An American Childhood/The Writing Life Author:Annie Dillard A collection of Annie Dillard's most popular books in one volume. — Pilgrim at Tinker Creek: A series of essays that combines scientific observation, philosophy, daily thoughts, and deeper introspection with glorious prose. Whether she is quoting the Koran or Albert Einstein, describing the universe of an Eskimo shaman or the mating of luna moths... more », Annie Dillard offers up her own knowledge with reverence for her material and respect for her reader. She observes her surroundings faithfully, intimately, sharing what can be shared with anyone willing to wait and watch with her.
An American Childhood: Annie Dillard remembers. She remembers the exhilaration of whipping a snowball at a car and having it hit straight on. She remembers playing with the skin on her mother's knuckles, which "didn't snap back; it lay dead across her knuckle in a yellowish ridge." She remembers the compulsion to spend a whole afternoon (or many whole afternoons) endlessly pitching a ball at a target. In this intoxicating account of her childhood, Dillard climbs back inside her 5-, 10-, and 15-year-old selves with apparent effortlessness. The voracious young Dillard embraces headlong one fascination after another--from drawing to rocks and bugs to the French symbolists.
The Writing Life: Annie Dillard has spent a lot of time in remote, bare-bones shelters doing something she claims to hate: writing. Slender though it is, The Writing Life richly conveys the torturous, and in rare moments, transcendent existence of the writer.« less