A playful, evocative book of spiritual essays for both religious and secular readers draws on the late award-winning Portland Magazine editor’s vast body of writing and explores small everyday miracles and love in all its forms.
This is a guided tour through the mind of one of the most acclaimed voices in contemporary Catholic writing. Brian Doyle effortlessly connects the everyday with the inexpressible and consistently marries searingly honest prose with interruptions of humor and humanity. These essays bear Doyle's trademark depth and deliver with eloquence his piercing observations on mohawks and miracles, vigils and velociraptors, syntax and scapulars, jail and jihad, and mercy beyond sense.
Shares the parallel stories of Robert Louis Stevenson in his early years and his unwritten literary tale about his landlady's globe-trotting, adventurous husband, describing milestone events that led to Stevenson's later masterpieces.
Poems, taut tales, small stories with rhythm and blues and grace and bruise and laughter between the lines. Brian Doyle's The Kind of Brave You Wanted to Be is a book of cadenced notes on the swirl of miracle and the holy of attentiveness; a book about children and birds, love and grief and everything alive, which is to say all prayers. Brian Doyle's uncategorizable form is the brief story dressed like a poem but with the loose lyricism and verve of an essay. Here are chants and litanies, like gentle songs to the sacrament of every moment.
A first novel by the award-winning naturalist and author of Riverwalking follows the experiences of a wealthy Alaskan timber and fishing industrialist whose plans for a lucrative bear-pit business are transformatively resisted by a pianist newcomer.
A collection of headlong tales by Oregon author Brian Doyle - exploring such riveting and peculiar topics as chess in the Levant, tailors who specialize in holes, how to report stigmata to your attending physician, the intense hilarity of basketball, how to have a bitter verbal marital fight in your car, an all-Chinese football team in Australia, soccer and Catholicism, what it's like to be in a ska band, a singing Korean baker, an archbishop who loses his faith between the salad and the entrée genius Girl Scouts who save a radio station, and a baby born from a lake in Illinois. And some other fascinating stories. Really. Trust us
In a provocative book, a philosopher and nature essayist answers such questions as: Why is it wrong to wreck the world?, What is our obligation to the future?, and What is the transformative power of moral resolve?, among other powerful inquires that will inspire readers to protect both the Earth and the future.
An ode to Chicago is presented through the coming-of-age experiences of a young college graduate, who after renting an apartment on the lakeside north of the city befriends a motley assortment of locals and is swept up by a momentous period in Red Sox history.
A high school freshman, Dave, thinks about his future and impending adulthood and setting off on his own and crosses paths with an adolescent pine marten, named Martin, who is also leaving his family of small woodland creatures behind as he embarks on the unknown.
Novelist and essayist Brian Doyle describes encounters with astounding beings of every sort and shape in this collection of short vignettes. The book gathers previously unpublished work along with selections that have been published in Orion, The Sun, and The American Scholar, among others
Voyaging into the Pacific to escape his troubled life in Oregon, Declan O'Donnell bonds with his crewmates and learns of their own respective quests for self, exchanges that lead to a shared celebration of life's unexpected paths.
Welcome to the peculiar and headlong world of Brian Doyle's fiction, where the odd is happening all the time, reported upon by characters of every sort and stripe. Swirling voices and skeins of story, laugher and rage, ferocious attention to detail and sweeping nuttiness, tears and chortling--these stories will remind readers of the late giant David Foster Wallace in their straightforward accounts of anything-but-straightforward events; of modern short story pioneer Raymond Carver, a bit, in their blunt, unadorned dialogue; and of Julie Whitty, a bit, in their willingness to believe what is happening, even if it absolutely shouldn't be. Funny, piercing, unique, memorable, this is a collection of stories readers will find nearly impossible to forget.
Epiphanies & Elegies is a collection of delightful, accessible poems shot through with wonder, humor, faith, and Irish Catholic heritage. Brian Doyle illuminates seemingly ordinary, everyday events in poems that will immediately touch with the reader with their truth. These warm and insightful pieces are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant takes on the small wonders and inevitable tragedies of life.
An award-winning essayist for Portland Magazine muses on the scientific, emotional, literary, philosophical, and spiritual understandings of the heart--from cardiology to courage, from love letters and pop songs to the teachings of Jesus--with his own infant sons heart surgery as the thread weaving his reflections eloquently together. This unusual and wise book presents ruminations on all aspects of the human heart.
In this spirited collection of essays, Brian Doyle employs his wit, wisdom, and gusto for life as he shares with readers his thoughts on Jesus, the Mass, birds, bees, and so much more. What would be a good alternative name for Jesus? What does a honeybee at Mass have to tell us about Christ? What is, after all, the real point of saying prayers when someone is suffering? Through the good and the bad, the serious and the hilarious, Doyle finds just the right story and just the right words to help us better understand life and love--and to help us see our faith in a whole new light.