Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Book
Score: 3.5
From 58 Ratings

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek


  • Author : Annie Dillard
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061847806

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Excerpt :

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize “The book is a form of meditation, written with headlong urgency, about seeing. . . . There is an ambition about her book that I like. . . . It is the ambition to feel.” — Eudora Welty, New York Times Book Review Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Roanoke Valley, where Annie Dillard set out to chronicle incidents of "beauty tangled in a rapture with violence." Dillard's personal narrative highlights one year's exploration on foot in the Virginia region through which Tinker Creek runs. In the summer, she stalks muskrats in the creek and contemplates wave mechanics; in the fall, she watches a monarch butterfly migration and dreams of Arctic caribou. She tries to con a coot; she collects pond water and examines it under a microscope. She unties a snake skin, witnesses a flood, and plays King of the Meadow with a field of grasshoppers. The result is an exhilarating tale of nature and its seasons.

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Book
Score: 3.5
From 58 Ratings

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek


  • Author : Annie Dillard
  • Publisher : Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd
  • Release Date : 2011-01-01
  • Genre: Blue Ridge Mountains (U.S.)
  • Pages : 305
  • ISBN 10 : 9781848250789

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Excerpt :

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek has continued to change people's lives for over thirty years. A passionate and poetic reflection on the mystery of creation with its beauty on the one hand and cruelty on the other, it has become a modern American literary classic in the tradition of Thoreau. Living in solitude in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Roanoke, Virginia, and observing the changing seasons, the flora and fauna, the author reflects on the nature of creation and of the God who set it in motion. Whether the images are cruel or lovely, the language is memorably beautiful and poetic, and insistently celebratory. Just pay attention, Dillard urges throughout, and you will find yourself 'sailing headlong and breathless under the gale force of the spirit'.

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Book
Score: 3.5
From 59 Ratings

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek


  • Author : Annie Dillard
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2007-06-12
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061233326

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Excerpt :

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Blue Ridge valley. Annie Dillard sets out to see what she can see. What she sees are astonishing incidents of "mystery, death, beauty, violence."

Holy the Firm Book
Score: 3.5
From 5 Ratings

Holy the Firm


  • Author : Annie Dillard
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061871658

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Holy the Firm Excerpt :

"[This] is a book of great richness, beauty and power and thus very difficult to do justice to in a brief review...The violence is sometimes unbearable, the language rarely less than superb. Dillard's description of the moth's death makes Virginia Woolf's go dim and Edwardian. Nature seen so clear and hard that the eyes tear...A rare and precious book." — Freferick Buechner, New York Times Book Review From Pulitzer Prize-winning Annie Dillard, a book about the grace, beauty, and terror of the natural world. In the mid 1970s, Annie Dillard spent two years on an island in Puget Sound in a room with a solitary window, a cat, and a spider for company, asking herself questions about memory, time, sacrifice, reality, death, and God. Holy the Firm, the diary-like collection of her thoughts, feelings, and ruminations during this time, is a lyrical gift to any reader who have ever wondered how best to live with grace and wonder in the natural world.

The Abundance Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings

The Abundance


  • Author : Annie Dillard
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2016-03-15
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062433015

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The Abundance Excerpt :

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author In recognition of her long and lauded career as a master essayist, a landmark collection including her most beloved pieces and some rarely seen work, rigorously curated by the author herself “Annie Dillard’s books are like comets, like celestial events that remind us that the reality we inhabit is itself a celestial event.”—Marilynne Robinson, Washington Post Book World “Annie Dillard is, was, and will always be the very best at describing the landscapes in which we find ourselves.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune “Annie Dillard is a writer of unusual range, generosity, and ambition. . . . Her prose is bracingly intelligent, lovely, and human. ”—Margot Livesey, Boston Globe “A writer who never seems tired, who has never plodded her way through a page or sentence, Dillard can only be enjoyed by a wide-awake reader,” warns Geoff Dyer in his introduction to this stellar collection. Carefully culled from her past work, The Abundance is quintessential Annie Dillard, delivered in her fierce and undeniably singular voice, filled with fascinating detail and metaphysical fact. The pieces within will exhilarate both admiring fans and a new generation of readers, having been “re-framed and re-hung,” with fresh editing and reordering by the author, to situate these now seminal works within her larger canon. The Abundance reminds us that Dillard’s brand of “novelized nonfiction” pioneered the form long before it came to be widely appreciated. Intense, vivid, and fearless, her work endows the true and seemingly ordinary aspects of life—a commuter chases snowball-throwing children through neighborhood streets, a teenager memorizes Rimbaud’s poetry—with beauty and irony, inviting readers onto sweeping landscapes, to join her in exploring the complexities of time and death, with a sense of humor: on one page, an eagle falls from the sky with a weasel attached to its throat; on another, a man walks into a bar. Reminding u

Three by Annie Dillard Book

Three by Annie Dillard


  • Author : Annie Dillard
  • Publisher : Harper Perennial
  • Release Date : 1990-11-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 624
  • ISBN 10 : 0060920645

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Three by Annie Dillard Excerpt :

A stunning collection of Annie Dillard's most popular books in one volume.

The Maytrees Book
Score: 3
From 26 Ratings

The Maytrees


  • Author : Annie Dillard
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061809743

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The Maytrees Excerpt :

“Brilliant. . . . A shimmering meditation on the ebb and flow of love.” — New York Times “In her elegant, sophisticated prose, Dillard tells a tale of intimacy, loss and extraordinary friendship and maturity against a background of nature in its glorious color and caprice. The Maytrees is an intelligent, exquisite novel.” — The Washington Times Toby Maytree first sees Lou Bigelow on her bicycle in postwar Provincetown, Massachusetts. Her laughter and loveliness catch his breath. Maytree is a Provincetown native, an educated poet of thirty. As he courts Lou, just out of college, her stillness draws him. He hides his serious wooing, and idly shows her his poems. In spare, elegant prose, Dillard traces the Maytrees' decades of loving and longing. They live cheaply among the nonconformist artists and writers that the bare tip of Cape Cod attracts. When their son Petie appears, their innocent Bohemian friend Deary helps care for him. But years later it is Deary who causes the town to talk. In this moving novel, Dillard intimately depicts willed bonds of loyalty, friendship, and abiding love. She presents nature's vastness and nearness. Warm and hopeful, The Maytrees is the surprising capstone of Dillard's original body of work.

Teaching a Stone to Talk Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

Teaching a Stone to Talk


  • Author : Annie Dillard
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061843174

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Teaching a Stone to Talk Excerpt :

"A collection of meditations like polished stones--painstakingly worded, tough-minded, yet partial to mystery, and peerless when it comes to injecting larger resonances into the natural world." — Kirkus Reviews Here, in this compelling assembly of writings, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard explores the world of natural facts and human meanings. Veering away from the long, meditative studies of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek or Holy the Firm, Annie Dillard explores and celebrates moments of spirituality, dipping into descriptions of encounters with flora and fauna, stars, and more, from Ecuador to Miami.

For the Time Being Book
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

For the Time Being


  • Author : Annie Dillard
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010-05-19
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307477668

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For the Time Being Excerpt :

National Bestseller "Beautifully written and delightfully strange...as earthy as it is sublime...in the truest sense, an eye-opener." --Daily News From Annie Dillard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and one of the most compelling writers of our time, comes For the Time Being, her most profound narrative to date. With her keen eye, penchant for paradox, and yearning for truth, Dillard renews our ability to discover wonder in life's smallest--and often darkest--corners. Why do we exist? Where did we come from? How can one person matter? Dillard searches for answers in a powerful array of images: pictures of bird-headed dwarfs in the standard reference of human birth defects; ten thousand terra-cotta figures fashioned for a Chinese emperor in place of the human court that might have followed him into death; the paleontologist and theologian Teilhard de Chardin crossing the Gobi Desert; the dizzying variety of clouds. Vivid, eloquent, haunting, For the Time Being evokes no less than the terrifying grandeur of all that remains tantalizingly and troublingly beyond our understanding. "Stimulating, humbling, original--. [Dillard] illuminate[s] the human perspective of the world, past, present and future, and the individual's relatively inconsequential but ever so unique place in it."--Rocky Mountain News

An American Childhood Book
Score: 3.5
From 38 Ratings

An American Childhood


  • Author : Annie Dillard
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061843136

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An American Childhood Excerpt :

"[An American Childhood] combines the child's sense of wonder with the adult's intelligence and is written in some of the finest prose that exists in contemporary America. It is a special sort of memoir that is entirely successful...This new book is [Annie Dillard's] best, a joyous ode to her own happy childhood." — Chicago Tribune A book that instantly captured the hearts of readers across the country, An American Childhood is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard's poignant, vivid memoir of growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950s and 60s. Dedicated to her parents - from whom she learned a love of language and the importance of following your deepest passions - this narrative tale will resonate for everyone who has ever recalled with longing playing baseball on an endless summer afternoon, caring for a pristine rock collection, or knowing in your heart that a book was written just for you.

The Writing Life Book
Score: 3
From 26 Ratings

The Writing Life


  • Author : Annie Dillard
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061863820

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The Writing Life Excerpt :

"For nonwriters, it is a glimpse into the trials and satisfactions of a life spent with words. For writers, it is a warm, rambling, conversation with a stimulating and extraordinarily talented colleague." — Chicago Tribune From Pulitzer Prize-winning Annie Dillard, a collection that illuminates the dedication and daring that characterizes a writer's life. In these short essays, Annie Dillard—the author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and An American Childhood—illuminates the dedication, absurdity, and daring that characterize the existence of a writer. A moving account of Dillard’s own experiences while writing her works, The Writing Life offers deep insight into one of the most mysterious professions.

Encounters with Chinese Writers Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Encounters with Chinese Writers


  • Author : Annie Dillard
  • Publisher : Wesleyan University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-03-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 117
  • ISBN 10 : 0819571997

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Encounters with Chinese Writers Excerpt :

Winner of the New England Book Show Award It’s been a pilgrimage for Annie Dillard: from Tinker Creek to the Galapagos Islands, the high Arctic, the Pacific Northwest, the Amazon Jungle—and now, China. This informative narrative is full of fascinating people: Chinese people, mostly writers, who encounter American writers in various bizarre circumstances in both China and the U.S. There is a toasting scene at a Chinese banquet; a portrait of a bitter, flirtatious diplomat at a dance hall; a formal meeting with Chinese writers; a conversation with an American businessman in a hotel lobby; an evening with long-suffering Chinese intellectuals in their house; a scene in the Beijing foreigners’ compound with an excited European journalist; and a scene of unwarranted hilarity at the Beijing Library. In the U.S., there is Allen Ginsberg having a bewildering conversation in Disneyland with a Chinese journalist; there is the lovely and controversial writer Zhang Jie suiting abrupt mood changes to a variety of actions; and there is the fiercely spirited Jiange Zilong singing in a Connecticut dining room, eyes closed. These are real stories told with a warm and lively humor, with a keen eye for paradox, and with fresh insight into the human drama.

Tickets for a Prayer Wheel Book

Tickets for a Prayer Wheel


  • Author : Annie Dillard
  • Publisher : Wesleyan University Press
  • Release Date : 2002-11-12
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 84
  • ISBN 10 : 0819565369

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Tickets for a Prayer Wheel Excerpt :

Celebrate re-publication of this Pulitzer Prize-winning author's first book. Best known for Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, her Pulitzer Prize-winning narrative on nature and eternity, Annie Dillard writes fiction and nonfiction, as well as poetry, that explore abstract and sensory phenomena, the role of the artist in society and the creative process. The poems gathered in Tickets for a Prayer Wheel, first published in 1974, show us that the concerns of the author have not changed since she was in her twenties. Hers is a poetry of fact — of science and nature, eternity and time, and how we know what we know. Often commended for their precise imagery, these poems speak of the love between people, storytelling and poetry's form.

The Living Book

The Living


  • Author : Annie Dillard
  • Publisher : Harper Perennial
  • Release Date : 1993-02-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 420
  • ISBN 10 : 006092411X

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The Living Excerpt :

This New York Times bestselling novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard is a mesmerizing evocation of life in the Pacific Northwest during the last decades of the 19th century.

Living by Fiction Book

Living by Fiction


  • Author : Annie Dillard
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061856532

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Living by Fiction Excerpt :

A beautiful repackaging of Annie Dillard's classic work of literary criticism. "Everyone who timidly, bombastically, reverently, scholastically--even fraudulently--essays to 'live the life of the mind' should read this book. It's elegant and classy, like caviar and champagne, and like these two items, it's over much too soon." — Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times Living by Fiction is written for--and dedicated to--people who love literature. Dealing with writers such as Nabokov, Barth, Coover, Pynchon, Borges, García Márquez, Beckett, and Calvino, Annie Dillard shows why fiction matters and how it can reveal more of the modern world and modern thinking than all the academic sciences combined. Readers of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, An American Childhood, and Holy the Firm will recognize Dillard's vivid writing, her humor, and the lively way she tackles the urgent questions of meaning in experience itself.