This is a unique combination of personal story, myth, memoir, and fairytales that will interest anyone involved in storytelling as performance; those using narrative in healing, business, or education; peacemakers and humanitarians; writers; anyone seeking a deeper spiritual practice; and those hoping to understand the psychology of personal memoir, myth and symbol, the importance of anthropology in our cultural life, and how communities are affected by the stories we tell.
I am rarely at a loss for words, but this book, about storytelling no less, left me speechless. It is profound, beautiful, and deeply disturbing for some reason. Perhaps "disturbing" isn't the right word. I found it stirring and sometimes intense. For me, both are positive things. I think we need to have our brain cells shaken up a bit sometimes. In my never-to-humble opinion, there is a lot of crap being published right now. It was refreshing to see something new and exciting.
This book is also uplifting, enlightening, and filled with heart. Storytelling is an ancient art and we are still moved by stories, from books, from films, theater, and in our very lives. Stories are how we learn about the part of life that cannot be touched but must be experienced.
About the Author:
Laura Simms, an internationally acclaimed performing artist, writer, educator and humanitarian, is engaged in individual and community transformation. Born in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, she later became a Buddhist, and performs in the tradition of great storytellers throughout the ages. She is the mother of Ishmael Beah, bestselling author of A Long Way Gone.
Laura Simms is an acclaimed storyteller whom The New York Times has called “a major force in the revival of storytelling in America.” Laura’s website is www.laurasimms.com
Publisher: Sentient Publications (August 16, 2011)
Available from: Sentient Publications and other retail and online booksellers