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Wintering : the power of rest and retreat in difficult times / Katherine May.

May, Katherine, (author.).

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  • 0 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Current holds

5 current holds with 1 total copy.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library 155.93 MAY (Text) 33500013345772 New Checked out 03/17/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593189481
  • ISBN: 0593189485
  • Physical Description: 241 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"First published in Great Britain by Rider Books, an imprint of Ebury ... 2020."--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
September. Indian Summer -- October. Making ready ; Hot water ; Ghost stories -- November. Metamorphosis ; Slumber -- December. Light ; Midwinter ; Epiphany -- January. Darkness ; Hunger -- February. Snow ; Cold Water -- March. Survival ; Song -- Late March. Thaw.
Summary, etc.:
"An intimate, revelatory book exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down. Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. Wintering explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered. A moving personal narrative shot through with lessons from literature, mythology, and the natural world, May's story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat. Illumination emerges from many sources: solstice celebrations and dormice hibernation, C.S. Lewis and Sylvia Plath, swimming in icy waters and sailing Arctic seas. Ultimately Wintering invites us to change how we relate to our own fallow times. May models an active acceptance of sadness and finds nourishment in deep retreat, joy in the hushed beauty of winter, and encouragement in understanding life as cyclical, not linear. A secular mystic, May forms a guiding philosophy for transforming the hardships that arise before the ushering in of a new season"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 October #2
    *Starred Review* Winter sends animals to hibernation and people to their homes to settle before a fire. But winter, according to May, can come at any season. Hers started in early autumn with her husband's appendicitis and her own illness. Suddenly her days bring slow-cooked meals and coloring with her son rather than university lectures and frantic writing schedules. As the author draws into herself, she begins to see the healing powers of cold and quiet. Moving through the calendar year, May talks to men and women who have mastered the art of living in the cold. She interviews a Finnish woman whose childhood revolved around months of snow; she discovers a man who tracks wolves to keep them away from flocks and safe from hunters. May attends a St. Lucia festival, visits Stonehenge, swims in frigid water, and crosses the Arctic Circle in search of the northern lights and guidance. And through it all, she ponders her son's difficulties in school and her own loss of voice. In this introspective, beautifully written mix of memoir and philosophy, May explores life's hardest season and the lessons of acceptance. With a pandemic keeping us isolated in so many ways, May offers much-needed solace and comfort and a reminder that seasons eventually turn. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Katherine May is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction. Her journalism and essays have appeared in a range of publications including The Times (London), Good Housekeeping, and Cosmopolitan. She lives by the sea in Whitstable, England and is an avid lover of the outdoors.

Subject: Rest.
Nature, Healing power of.
Resilience (Personality trait)
Stress tolerance (Psychology)
Life change events.
Stress tolerance (Psychology)
Resilience (Personality trait)
Life change events.
Nature, Healing power of.
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy.
Genre: Self-help publications.
Personal narratives.
Self-help publications.
Personal narratives.

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