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
--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