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Product Details

  • Paperback: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Wildcat Press; 2nd edition (November 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188913502X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889135021
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warren's sprawling epic (clocking in at 24 hours) takes listeners back in time to tell the tale of three Native American young women who create an old wisdom temple in Deer Lodge, Mont. Lorna Raver navigates this long and winding road with tremendous patience and foresight, never rushing her delivery or forcing a reaction from the audience. She reads with a sense of empowerment and importance, giving each complicated character their own identity through a large arrangement of voices and tones. A memorable listening experience and powerful denouement await those willing to give this story the time and respect it deserves. A Wildcat paperback (Reviews, Feb. 22, 1991). (May)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Earth Thunder had fled the ruins of a Mayan temple-school in Yucatan, survivor of a hideous massacre of learned priestesses who had fought to defend their freedom from the white man's church rule. All her life she had journeyed north in search of people who wanted to know Mother Earth and her interlocking Circles of Life.

From a bustling city in Europe, a noblewoman sent her family across the ocean, to renew a spiritual link with the Native American people. To her thirteen-year-old grandniece Helle she entrusted a tiny globe, symbol of Freia, as her own ancestors had called the Earth.

In her quest to honor Life, and share her knowledge, Earth Thunder freed a slave girl who would become her apprentice, River Singing. Golden-haired Helle also became Earth Thunder's apprentice. Together, the two young women helped build a new temple-school in the Deer Lodge Valley of Montana. There they put into action the old count that teaches of Life: One is the Sun, Two is the Earth . . . Five is humanity, self and spirit.

And, when danger threatened -- from a marauding highwayman and a hellfire preacher -- one of the last centers of ancient learning and healing in the West would fight bravely, and leave its mark in Time . . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PATRICIA NELL WARREN

AUTHOR, PUBLISHER AND ACTIVIST

BIOGRAPHY


Patricia Nell Warren has written and published professionally since 1954, at age 18. In 59 years, her subjects have ranged from women and Goddess Earth to human rights, from gay life and mixed-blood people in American history to wildlife, the environment and current events.

Now 76 years old, she was born in 1936 and raised on a Montana ranch. She worked as a Reader's Digest book editor for 15 years, on both the magazine staff and the Condensed Book Club.

Today Warren lives in Glendale, CA, where she co-owns an independent book-publishing and media company, Wildcat International and Wildcat Press.

Fiction

Since 1971 Warren has published eight novels -- several with mainstream publishers (Morrow, Bantam, Ballantine, Dial Press, Penguin) and several under her own independent imprint, Wildcat Press. The Front Runner, Harlan's Race and Billy's Boy are a landmark series that follows an evolving family through 20 years of gay life.

She also published two mainstream novels, The Last Centennial (1971) and One Is the Sun (1991).

Warren's best-known fiction work, The Front Runner, was first published by William Morrow in 1974, and became the most popular gay love story of all time. The book has sold an estimated 10 million copies worldwide and been translated into ten languages, the most recent being Complex Chinese.

Film rights of The Front Runner have been in development for some years, and received a great deal attention as one of "Hollywood's unmade gay films" during Brokeback Mountain's run-up for the Academy Awards.

Currently Warren is working on a new novel titled Wrong Side of the Tracks.

Nonfiction

Warren's newest title is her second nonfiction book. It's titled My West: Personal Writings on the American West, an anthology of nonfiction articles about Warren's roots in the historical and modern West. Published in 2011, it won an international Rainbow Award in the nonfiction category.

Warren's articles and op-eds have appeared in a variety of mainstream publications, including Atlantic Monthly, Los Angeles Times, Reader's Digest, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Modern Maturity, Persimmon Hill, New York Press, Des Moines Register, Mythosphere, Corporate Africa. She has also published in various leading gay publications.

For A & U Magazine she writes a monthly column on the politics of AIDS and public health. Online, she blogs at The Bilerico Project, the most popular and politically vociferous glbt blog on the Web.

Film Development

As a result of interest in movies based on her novels, Warren has moved into active development herself as an executive producer, in partnership with Greg Zanfardino of Moniker Entertainment. At present, she has several docudrama projects on her slate, including an Australian group's novel search for the wreck site of Amelia Earhart's aircraft in Papua New Guinea.

Activism and Politics

Warren's political activism started during the 1960s, with efforts -- while still a Reader's Digest editor -- to have American media recognize the individuality of Ukrainians and other ethnic groups in the USSR.

In the 1970s Warren was the plaintiffs' spokesperson for Susan Smith v. Reader's Digest, a landmark lawsuit that resulted in a class-action victory for women. As a former amateur athlete, Warren helped lead a group of women distance runners who forced the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union, the then governing body of amateur sports in the U.S.) to change discriminatory rules in the mid-70s.

More recently, in the free-speech realm, Warren has been a named plaintiff in both federal lawsuits over Internet censorship -- namely ACLU v. Reno (which went to the U.S. Supreme Court and resulted in a victory for the plaintiffs) and the more recent ACLU lawsuit over the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which was also struck down as unconstitutional.

As recognition for her activism, Warren has won a number of awards, including New York City's Public Advocate Award and the Barry Goldwater Award.


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More information on Warren can be found at: www.wildcatpress.com and www.patricianellwarren.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Duggins, Ph.D. on January 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
"One Is the Sun" by Patricia Nell Warren is not a beach book, nor is it something for a winter evening after the slopes by the fireplace with a tankard of mulled wine at your favorite Vale resort. And, it's not for the waiting room at your doctor's office. "One Is the Sun" is a serious read, chuck full of history, legend, and the magic of Native American medicine in mid-nineteenth century America. The story is that of an extraordinary journey peopled by a large cast of travelers, indigenous peoples; western Europeans; and resident traders of livestock and hardware; as well as eastern European immigrants. Each of these historic and ethnic groups bring distinct language, culture, and social custom to the journey. Noted author, Patricia Nell Warren juggles all those many facets masterfully and throws into the mix linguistic turns of phrase to add the "feel" of authenticity. In addition, author Warren's knowledge of the period and place is awesome.

The basic story is a journey (a grandiose tale in the mode of the classic Odyssey, the Search for the Golden Fleece, or the Holy Grail) of a medicine woman, Earth Thunder, and her servant-acolyte, River Singing, and the people they meet along the way. There are, of course, subplots connected with the individuals in each of the itinerant groups. In "One Is the Sun" you'll meet a great variety of cultures, everything from a band of women warriors to men whose greatest pleasure comes from murder. Only an author as deft as Warren could deal with the great range of personal differences and retain the "ability to suspend incredulity" in this manuscript.

It is also not possible to talk about Patricia Nell Warren's book without calling attention to the "writerly" qualities she brings to her craft.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Frankel on May 26, 2008
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When I saw Patricia Nell Warren at a reading in 1979 she said she was going to Montana to write this book. When I finally picked it up I was amazed. I would have thought that a story of a Mayan holy woman and European American Pagans sharing their traditions with each other would have been completely fictional, but the author tells us that this novel is based on stories in her family about her ancestors. This is hidden history about people that might have been forgotten if Patricia Nell Warren hadn't told us about them. I also appreciated her drawings at the head of every chapter. It just shows how much love and care went into this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dee Vine on August 20, 2002
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This book is both engrossing and poignant, as it tells the story of a Medicine Woman and her tribe of outcasts and misfits, and their struggles to live a simple, but spiritual, life in the "Old West". It's been a long time since I've read a book that connected me so strongly with its characters; who became life-like as the story unfolded. In addition, my eyes were opened to the possibility of what life in the "Old West" might have been like for anyone other than a white man. Its message of courage, strength, hope and endurance is a timeless one that serves as a reminder of the enduring quality of the human spirit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 1998
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This book is an amazing and powerful story about women and the Native American Culture. Anyone wanting to read a positive up-lifting story about women should read this incredible book! I have shared this book with many of my friends who have in turn shared it with their friends. A definite must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1998
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This book is very different from Patricia Nell Warren's other books but that doesn't make it any less appealing. The detail of the main character's life is well researched. This book is a must for anyone who has read Warren's other books and for anyone interested in early North American history.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By misty hand on July 28, 2010
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this is a very beautiful, moving book about the wild west right before the last natives were pushed off their land and massacred. it was one of the few books ive read that touched me deeply, not only for the interesting historical perspective, but for the insight it gives into the native american culture and inner-relationships that occurred during that period. i highly recommend to anyone interested in native culture or mother earth.
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