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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Weighed Words LLC (May 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972525467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972525466
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the care of bleeding hearts, and dispersal of human ashes in a favorite swimming hole, to the small, yet remarkable miracle of rising bread, Solace in so Many Words offers a rich and multi-faceted view of life. Because of the wealth of material contained its pages, this is a book to be savored, in small bites, slowly; for in a world of tweets and texts and rushing here and there, the comfort that comes from shared experiences is in short supply. But that is exactly what readers will find in abundance in Beals' collection. There is something for everyone. The sentimentalist won't be able to resist Paula Peterson's reminiscences about drinking "Coconut Milk" with her mother in Marshall Fields. The doomsayer is sure to take heart from the proliferation of toads in T. C. Boyle's "Hopes Rise." And the romantic...ah, for the romantic! There is Joan Corwin's "Details," with its charming and immediately engaging Thurber-esque depiction of a man who rediscovers, in the most original way, why he loves his wife. Each reader coming to this book will quickly find their favorites, the pieces that resonate most with their spirits, their needs. And they will want to read them again, and again, and again....
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How do you define Solace? Regardless, there are others that may have similar thoughts on the subject. I found myself intrigued by the wide range of opinions on the matter and enjoyed those that differed the most. With so many things over which we have no control it's comforting to hear how others cope in an every changing world.
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Where or when do you go when you are seeking solace? Are there stories you tell or memories you hold dear? Personally I go right for poetry. But when one is looking for solace we're likely to look almost anywhere for anything. The collection of stories and poems found in Solace in So Many Words is a wonderful assortment of all the ways, beautiful and disturbing, that our souls might find solace in this life.

Poems, essays, and short stories...

"She gently took my hands and used them to make shadow figures on my walls, and told me that everything we are exposed to casts a shadow. If an experience is pleasant, we can rejoice in it. If it is painful, it can form scars. If it is overwhelming, it can reduce us to shadows of what we are." (from "Nagasaki Shadows")

I find that I have to read one or two entries at a time. The emotions and perspectives are raw. For solace to be honest, so too must the need for it. It's taken me a long time to get through the collection, but I also find that I come back again to some of the stories. I keep looking for more. My soul reaches out to the souls on the pages.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I was given my copy by a member of my church who has a story published in it, "Heartbeat." The story is about the pain of loss and gain, of a chance to start...not again, but to begin. Life is a series of overlapping beginnings and endings. We never really get a clean slate. Yet, grace comes anyway. J. Scott Smith writes beautifully and straight as an arrow. It's a great example of what the whole collection does so successfully.

Get the book. Take it with you for your commute or read a story when you have a quiet moment in the evening. You'll find that it offers you just what it claims: Solace.
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By kayjay on September 29, 2011
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Each entry of this anthology brings new meaning to the word solace. Some serious, some silly, some fiction, some poetry, some prose - each entry has its own wisdom. Don't miss out !
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This book was incredible. It's an anthology like no other I've ever read. I laughed and cried..sometimes while reading the same piece!! The passages are exceptional, so moving... so not your typical "everything's going to be okay because I said so". It's more like "everything's going to be okay because it always is..even when it's not.. because we're still here and have the courage to share our stories with someone else". I hope that makes sense. I just finished the book about a minute ago so I'm still so filled with emotion and hope I'm not rambling. Thank you Ms. Beals for all of your hard work in putting this forth into the world and to all the authors who shared their words. I'm recommending this to everyone I know. This is a book I'd give as a gift to the people I care about in times of strife.
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Beals' Solace in So Many Words is a collection of soul-soothing essays, stories, and poems that are balm for your or a friend's troubled heart. Or you may just enjoy great writing that gets at the core of the human condition. We all know the experience of pondering why bad things happen to good people, but whatever the reason (or no reason - they just do), you will find here the artistry that works hard to interpret life's unexpected downturns -- and helps us get through. You'll be patting yourself on the back for picking up more than one copy of the anthology - and passing the extras on to friends in need. [...]
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