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A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup at a Time Hardcover – October 10, 2011
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"While the book's topic alone makes it the perfect gift for the tea enthusiast in your life, the selections all are also skillfully written, whether somber, joyful or educational in tone. Most share a contemplative, peaceful sensibility (often achieved over a cup of Earl Grey). So although at least a passing appreciation for tea will further readers' appreciation, any fan of good writing will enjoy sampling the contents…even, dare it be said, those who prefer coffee." —Shelf Awareness for Readers
"In this charming anthology, freelance journalist and blogger Munichiello provides a refreshing reminder of the days when tea parties evoked thoughts of friendship rather than political differences." —Publishers Weekly
"As for the contents, the author recommends that you get a good cup of tea and sit back to read. I agree totally. This is a book to be taken in with some attention, not rushed through…" —EnglishTeaStore.com
"Not only is there a world of tastes and flavors to explore, but preparing and drinking tea provides "a quiet time to think and contemplate," says Munichiello, author of A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup at a Time. In it, she shows the impact of tea on the lives of a cross section of tea lovers." —USA TODAY
"Like a fragrant pot of tea, this well-curated collection of personal narratives is full-bodied, bracing and delicious. Cozy up in a comfortable chair (with your favorite cuppa, of course) and lose yourself in the keen enthusiasm of this convivial group of tea lovers as they weave personal memories and heartfelt experiences about the importance of tea in their lives. This is a richly rewarding compendium that speaks to the passion and allegiance of tea drinkers." —Mary Lou Heiss, co-author of The Story of Tea and The Tea Enthusiasts Handbook
"A glimpse into the lives and souls of people who share a common passion; their unrelenting love for tea. A must-read for tea enthusiasts and those who soon will be." —Joseph P. Simrany, President, Tea Association of the USA, Inc.
"Katrina brilliantly captures the romance and journey of tea." —Tracy Stern, founder of SALONTEA and author of Tea Party and Tea for You
"My recommendation is that reading an anecdote or two with a cup of tea will bring pleasure and appreciation to anyone who enjoys drinking tea." —Shozo Sato, professor emeritus, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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Though it may seem simple, writing a good tea-book is challenging. There at least three ways in which the literary work can stumble off the path toward an unfruitful demise.
The first is the tea history. There is already such an abundant selection of tea history books that they begin to become indistinguishable. The earliest popular works in this realm were warmly received, and so others followed. Same facts were relayed and stories re-told. Often these works were more of a history of the discovery of tea, or the business of tea.
The second pitfall is somewhat ichi-go ichi-e, the attempt to encapsulate individual, personal experience and then evoke the same psychological, spiritual, emotional reaction in the reader. Ichi-go, ichi-e, roughly translated as "one time, one meeting," reveals that unique and often fleeting element when sensory input and Mind converge. To a certain degree, even tea books that try to capture a lifetime of tea experience can trip over this stumbling block. The experience is observed but never completely shared.
Many tea writers also trip over the landmine of using tangential tea as a glue for the work. In these products, references to tea can become forced when another cohesive element (e.g. wine, coffee, etc.) would have worked just as well. To some degree, interpersonal and intrapersonal experiences can fall under this category.Read more ›
passion. Author Munichiello captures the essesence
of this beverage and its many delights in a collection
of modern and history commentaries.