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"Teaching a Stone to Talk is superb. As with the flying fish, Annie Dillard doesn't do it often, but when she does she silver-streaks out of the blue and archingly transcends all other writers of our day in all the simple, intimate, and beautiful ways of the natural master." -- -- R. Buckminster Fuller
"The natural world is ignited by her prose and we see the world as an incandescent metaphor of the spirit...Few writers evoke better than she the emotion of awe, and few have ever conveyed more graphically the weight of silence, the force of the immaterial." -- -- Robert Taylor, Boston Globe
"This little book is haloed and informed throughout by Dillard's distinctive passion and intensity, a sort of intellectual radiance that reminds me both Thoreau and Emily Dickinson." -- -- Edward Abbey, Chicago Sun-Times
Annie Dillard is the author of many works of nonfiction, including An American Childhood and Teaching a Stone to Talk, as well as the novels The Living and The Maytrees.
This is a really great collection of Annie Dillard's essays.
Ms. Dillard skillfully delves beneath the surface of experience and is able to artfully convey the feeling of being present in the moments of which she speaks.
This book truly is a well crafted and literary set of short stories; all or most of them being autobiographical.
One of my favorite books ever. Annie Dillard writes with more soul than anyone. These short essays/stories are gripping. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michele
Annie Dillard is a very clever writer! She blends two or three story lines together in each chapter. A little much for me at times, but funny too! Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Moore
I was moved my the story of the majesty she experienced while watching a solar eclipse. Then again later in the book as she describes her experience with silence. Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. A. Cook
Ms. Dillard skillfully delves beneath the surface of experience and is able to artfully convey the feeling of being present in the moments of which she speaks.Published 7 months ago by jeanne e. matusky
I first read this book when I was studying for ordained ministry. It had a profound effect on me. Dillard’s reflections on the sacred warned me, reminded me, urged me to tread... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. P. Reynolds
I saw this book recommended on BuzzFeed as a non-fiction book of essays well worth reading. I especially loved the essay which bears the title of the book, Teaching a Stone to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by P. Stang
Not only was I please with the quality of the product, but the book was great as well. I would highly recommend it!Published 11 months ago by brittany p
Why did I read another Annie Dillard book? Because I could. This is a writer par excellence. Each book is like a banquet of verbal delights, and while I consume the feast set... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bobby Matherne