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10 thoughts on “Drinking the Rain: A Memoir

  1. says:

    When I read this book I was twenty years old and it had never occurred to me before but I realized it was quite true that I might live my whole life without ever being really on my own That year I drove south to Mexico and north to Idaho and then back home from Arizona to Boston all three trips on my own and very much over my father s objections and I was keenly aware of everything I had been taught to fear about being a woman alone in a strange place Almost nothing happened to me that year that I had been warned about most of my problems on the road were of my own creation side note never try to peel a grapefruit while driving on the interstate But the fear that I carried around was monumental and facing it was both exhilarating and humbling.Alix Kates Shulman s memoir of living on a remote island by herself and meeting that fear head on meant so much to me that I wrote her a letter a physical one on paper, I believe and she sent me back a card I was floored An inspiring and honest book and a gracious and generous author.


  2. says:

    A tender, revealing memoir about a woman a long time feminist pacifist activist at mid life, dealing with a divorce and a new lover and trying to find a place for herself in nature.


  3. says:

    This book doesn t inspire the reader very much it s mostly self serving and superficial Only the last few pages had any thing worthwhile to offer I had trouble getting through the endless food reports, what she ate, how she prepared it, where the food came from, and on and on Why do women authors do this Sorry, Ladies, but it s true So many women authors feel the need to write about what everyone is eating and who spent how much time in the kitchen Male authors focus on action, I guess, but women authors focus on food Why I ll bet I get some criticism for saying this.


  4. says:

    A memoir written by a woman seeking to make changes in her life now that she is fifty years old Interesting I didn t find myself liking all the things that she did, as I viewed some of her actions as contradictory i.e early in the book she moans the disappearance of her beloved mussels and goes searching for them and once she finds them begins gorging on them, without any careful thought of why the mussels disappeared in the first place, and that maybe the excessive harvesting of the tiny creatures by human beings may have had something to do with their disappearance I hate to say it, but then in the end when it is discovered that shellfish among other sea creatures collect toxins from the pollution of the waters by humans and no one should be eating as many as this author has, it seemed like poetic justice to me Yes, it s great to live off the land, and learn how to take care of ourselves without the aid of modern inventions, but we need to take care of the land, and realize that each creature has value just for being itself, and that each creature does not have value simply because we humans can place some value on it this author seemed to be starting to get it, but she still has a lot to learn in order to lose her anthropocentrism.


  5. says:

    This is a beautiful coming of age age 50, that is memoir of a woman living on an inhabited Maine coastal island Moving away from New York City for a while, Shulman learns to slow down, forage for mussels, and live life simply for a restorative spell.


  6. says:

    One of my favorite coming of age, surviving divorce books ever


  7. says:

    I struggled thru this book at times and came away with mixed feelings The author has great ability with expository writing, but left me swimming at times thru too many repetitive details However, it was still a really good book The downside is that by book s end, I had tired of reading overly specific listings of wild foods harvested and descriptions of foods prepared Editing towards this end, I think, would have raised this book from 4 to 5 stars for me Detail is crucial in fine writing, but so is the ability to summarize and do without, and knowing when to do which is quite often what elevates the really good to the superb Despite this criticism, I greatly admire this book, and enjoyed it very much.It resonated with me for many reasons One being that I m about the age she was when she embraced a life of isolation and simplicity partial life during warmer months primarily on the coast of Maine Secondly, I admire her pursuit of a simpler, solitary, meditative life Third, she is a skilled and interesting writer, though prone to including too many details as already noted Fourthly, I appreciate her insights into her life and our life at large, especially with its many inconsistencies and comic tragic complexities Lots of good stuff here Here are a few quotes I marked while reading that struck me as illustrative and significant wish I d marked How can one live without rancor in a world steeped in suffering and injustice or live without contentment in a world bathed in birdsong at sundown She Sappho is out to break records, I to establish mine by discovering how little I need in order to have everything, how much awaits me under the tide, how long I can stretch the season without freezing or cracking My new rules are few and simple follow my interest go as deep as I can change the rules whenever I like The very separation and compartmentalizing I escaped by coming to the nubble now reproduce themselves inside my garden as I reintroduce waste and trade my continuous harvest for rare, chancy joy Note the nubble is how the author refers to her reclusive, island retreat The name is a reference to the little island off Cape Neddick, called the Nubble Various islands off the coast of Maine are similarly suited to being called the same, which is presumably how the name arose for her own island retreat I apologize if I missed where she explained this I read this over about a 6 week period since I preferred to savor it and read it slowly.


  8. says:

    I have a pretty close connection to Long Island Maine and go there every summer I know exactly the house she lived in and have stared at it from the beach below many an afternoon thinking two things one, it had been abandoned and two who the hell would ever leave the most amazing and beautiful spot on earth or at least not spend every second of every summer there My sister had told me about the writer that owned it the story of her living in seclusion there and how she came to write Drinking the Rain This summer we both decided to read it, finally I really liked it And most of the time, I liked the author She s quite a bit older than me and as a woman, at times I could not relate to the disappointments and dilemnas of that particular generation a second wave feminist in repose and all of that.I did relate to and admire her sincere quest of self discovery and her desire to change her life and make those changes on her own, internally It was slow in places and she is quite philosophical in her reflections but all in all I found the pace do able Her quest for solitude was admirable too and something I could totally relate to There s enough flashbacks to her life back in Manhattan and her life long relationships interspersed with digging mussels, and steaming dandelion greens to keep the story moving They allow for a sense of the whole person Not just a long internal meditation on nature and one s relationship to it alone.


  9. says:

    If I could only own one book, it would be this Alix Kates Shulman helped me discover the art of long, slow conversations the abundance in solitude fearlessness and resilience in reinvention and the gifts of the natural feast I discovered this book at a time when, like the author, I was approaching 50, wrestling with the death of a marriage and a restless hunger to reinvent myself or perhaps actually meet myself for the very first time Reading it is like immersing in a love letter that you would write to yourself a handful of years and Aha moments after taking this in It s brilliant comfort and an incantation to that courageous part of ourselves that secretly knows the wisdom of simple pleasures, and of our own company I read it again and again.


  10. says:

    Keeping with my current back to basics theme, in books, I am reading this The woman of privilege heads to Maine to live in a cabin alone And finds her food on the ground and in the water Okay, so there are flaws But it s a placeholder, for when my hold books come in Why do they torture me and make me wait It is detestable Okay, so only the first third of this book is actually compelling I enjoyed the writing about discovering that nature isn t so bad after all I might be coming around even thinking about getting a compost bin don t tell anyone But the rest, it was a chore, I found myself skipping chunks She lost focus, and not in a delightful way.


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