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American Icarus: A Memoir of Father and Country
This tender, extraordinary memoir captures the brilliance and heartache, love and reckoning, of a daughter’s near-mythic relationship with her complicated, charismatic father. Beautifully written, piercingly observed, American Icarus deserves a place next to Annie Dillard’s An American Childhood and Mary Gordon’s The Shadow Man.- Mark Matousek, author, The Boy He Left Behind
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America on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture
A unique and welcome collection of interviews with leading psychologists over twenty years . . . full of revelations and insights to shape our notions of citizenship.” –Joshua Wolf Shenk, author, Lincoln’s Melancholy and Powers of Two.
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I was raised by a mother who was fond of advising me, when out shopping, that if a particular something—say a blouse, or once it was a mirror at a flea market—“spoke to me” then I should buy it. Worlds of meaning were enclosed within this simple phrase, worlds that came welling up out of her Argentine girlhood with all the force of a magical incantation. I loved my Latin-born mother for this; it was a side that made my American life just a bit different: more enchanted, more mysterious, more interesting.
Years ago, when I was struggling through a dry patch of writer’s fatigue after completing a particularly demanding feature story, my wise Jungian analyst remarked that “sometimes you have to take time to let the well fill up.” Like stones dropped into water, her words sank into my psyche and stayed there. Now and again, when I’m coming up empty with words or narrative, I practice waiting for the rain to fall and the well to fill.
Pythia Peay is an author, depth journalist, and speaker whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Washingtonian, Religion News Service, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. read more.
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