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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; 1ST edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402748833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402748837
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Black Smoke is a wonderful, beautifully written story . . . a true adventure told in a style that rivals the best of novels. This first-person account by an extraordinary woman of her inner and outer journey through darkness into light is a must read for anyone interested in healing.”—John Perkins, The New York Times best-selling author of Shapeshifting, Spirit of the Shuar and Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

 

“This book will thrill and support all readers traveling—or wishing to travel themselves—into the unknown and the mystery of the human spirit.”—Josie RavenWing, author of The Book of Miracles

About the Author

Margaret De Wys is a professor at Bard College's Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, as well as a composer and sound installation artist. Her pieces have been performed at the Museum of Modern Art, Pace Gallery, Kitchen and The Knitting Factory. A CD of her music, I Oh, was released in 2000.

More About the Author

Visit www.blacksmokethebook.com for more information on the book and trips to the Amazon jungle with the author.

Margaret De Wys is a composer and faculty member at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. A dramatic shift in her life set her on a pilgrimage to Ecuador and to becoming a world traveler and explorer dedicated to the preservation and transmission of traditional wisdom in the modern world. She currently divides her time between Upstate New York and Southeast Nigeria.

Interview with Roberta Lewis of Shamans Drum http://bombsite.com/issues/999/articles/3404

Customer Reviews

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I loved the adventure and the spirit of it.
M. Perritt
I love the honesty with which Margaret took the reader along on the ride of her journey into alternative healing.
Apryl A. Schwab
I am now passing it around to several people who I know will enjoy it as much.
M. Gibson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jody Walz on March 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book and couldn't put it down, read it in just two days. It was inspirational!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William A. Lewis on January 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am so excited to tell you all about this book my friend Margaret De Wys has recently published.

The book tells of her true experience of her adventures in the Amazon becoming healed from cancer, working as a student to a native Shaman healer and a whole lot more.

For me it is such a wonderful recommendation not only for what has been so eloquently written but because I personally know the folks involved in this book. Margaret truly captures the essence of her experience in a vivid masterpiece that describes a way of life and healing that we here in the west ignore and refuse to recognize as a possibility.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Perritt on January 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I very rarely read memoirs, but something about this book just seemed so appealing. I loved the adventure and the spirit of it. I thought that it was captivating and applaud De Wys for her sincerity. All of us can learn from Margaret De Wys's journey: Traveling the road less taken can help us find faith where we least expect. Highly recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By GinaR on January 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There are very few books I pick up and cannot put down until I have finished reading it cover to cover. Black Smoke is one of those books. It contains so many journeys within its pages: a journey through cancer; a journey through relationships; a journey through love; a journey through a world unknown to most of the western world; and most of all, a journey TO self awareness. Ms. De Wys opens her life and her soul for us all, that we may share her incredible adventures. Her courage is undeniable, her experiences extraordinary. I was entranced from beginning to end. Whether you are living with disease, questioning your relationships, searching for a deeper meaning to what love is, or on your own journey of self-discovery, Black Smoke will speak to you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Snowball on January 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Margaret de Wys' "Black Smoke" is a lucid, hypnotic journey--as enveloping as is her challenging and relentless healing commitment taking her into the rigorous rituals of shamanic transformation.

"Black Smoke" enters the realm of Castenada's earlier success-- but with a deeper reality risk, trust and the female voice at last able to establish psychic, physical authority.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By christy rupp on January 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A portal into a world populated by spirits, plants and human families living on the edge of time. This story gives an intimate glimpse at some of the issues that confront cultures living sustainably within a larger global struggle for resources. In revealing her path to physical health, we accompany the author on a magical expedition not only to the jungle but to NYC and a Canadian First People's community, all constantly in flux between the exotic and mundane.
As a reader / onlooker, I was captivated by the voyage, and didn't want it to end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea savolt on April 18, 2012
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This is the book of a journy of a woman to find her health , love and life. If you are interested in healing plants, especialy in ayahuasca , it is a book for you. It is informing and entertaining in the same time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Watkins on November 25, 2011
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This book is an interesting journey of a woman who has a serious illness and takes an unconventional road to healing. Nice description of her lush surroundings.
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