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Seeking Peace

"An absorbing chronicle of discovery" (Booklist) from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reviving Ophelia and The Shelter of Each Other Like most lives, Mary Pipher s is filled with glory and tragedy, chaos and clarity, love and abandonment. She spent her childhood in small Midwestern towns, the nurturing daughter of a doctor mother and a restless, jack-of-all-trades father. Later, as a wife, mother, and therapist, she was able to do what she most enjoyed: learn about the world and help others. But after the surprising success of Reviving Ophelia, she found herself overwhelmed by the demands on her time and attention. In 2002, Pipher experienced a meltdown. She realized that success and fame were harming her, and she began the long journey to a quieter, more meditative life that would carry her toward self-acceptance and joy. In Seeking Peace, Pipher tells her own remarkable story, and in the process reveals fundamental truths about our individual search for happiness and love. Candid, surprising and moving, Seeking Peace offers a map for our own journey toward a more fulfilling, more joyously lived life."
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About the Author

Mary Pipher, Ph.D., is a psychologist and the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestsellers Reviving Ophelia, The Shelter of Each Other, and Another Country, as well as Seeking Peace and Writing to Change the World. She lives in Nebraska.


To appreciate this audio, the listener has to overlook an underlying paradox: Pipher believes that the success of her bestsellers (Reviving Ophelia and other pop psychology books) has destroyed her personal life. But by buying yet another one of her books, now we can help her-and ourselves-thanks to the author's brand of Buddhism lite. Kymberly Dakin is relentlessly cheerful and pleasant, clear and upbeat, even as she narrates some of Pipher's darkest moments enduring five-star hotels and major television appearances. (Is Dakin winking at the listener?) Her up-tempo approach adds greatly to the story, though her performance skills need improvement; for instance, Zeke, Pipher's son, sounds like a boy when he is a grown man. A Riverhead hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 29). (Feb.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"A generous book conceived and executed by a compassionate...mind." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "An absorbing chronicle of discovery." --Booklist "This is an insightful and terribly personal memoir of an active and successful life, and of how [Pipher's] almost desperate need for inner peace amid the noise of her world has dominated so many of her days." --Lincoln Journal Star

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