Blessing of the Animals

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Eastern Washington University Press, 2009 - Literary Collections - 157 pages
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In Brenda Miller's second collection of award-winning essays, the reader is drawn into a conversation on topics ranging from new dogs to old stained glass, from a walk in Portland's Japanese Garden to a sojourn in Jerusalem, from model airplanes to Magic 8 Balls. As in her acclaimed first collection, Season of the Body, Miller leads us on a pilgrimage through her life as a woman driven by spiritual yearning. Together, these essays prompt us to consider how our hard-won abilities to bless others become ways of blessing ourselves.

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BRENDA MILLER is the author of Season of the Body (Sarabande Books, 2002), which was a finalist for the PEN American Center Book Award in Creative Nonfiction, and the co-author, with Suzanne Paola, of the textbook Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction (McGraw-Hill, 2004). She has received five Pushcart Prizes, including one for "Blessing of the Animals" and another for "Raging Waters," both of which appear in this volume. A third of the essays, "Table of Figures," was selected for inclusion in The Best Creative Nonfiction, vol. 3. She serves as the editor-in-chief of the Bellingham Review, and her work has been featured in Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, The Georgia Review, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, The Sun, Utne Reader, and Witness, among other journals. She lives in Bellingham, Washington, where she teaches at Western Washington University.

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