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A Slender Thread Rediscovering Hope at the Heart of Crisis (Paperback)

Author:  Diane Ackerman
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0679771336
ISBN-13: 9780679771333
Sku: 30317354
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  320
 
The author of A Natural History of the Senses recounts a year spent as a counselor on a suicide and crisis hotline, illuminating the parallels between human and animal behavior in dealing with depression. Reprint. 25,000 first printing. *Author: Ackerman, Diane *Subtitle: Rediscovering Hope at the Heart of Crisis *Publication Date: 1998/04/01 *Number of Pages: 305 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.25
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In this intimate and compassionate record of a year's service as a counselor on a suicide and crisis hotline, the author of "A Natural History of the Senses" offers fascinating parallels between human and animal behavior and suggests that crisis is an innate part of existence.The author of A Natural History of the Senses recounts a year spent as a counselor on a suicide and crisis hotline, illuminating the parallels between human and animal behavior in dealing with depression. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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Diane Ackerman writes vividly of the hours she has spent volunteering at a suicide prevention center taking calls and counseling people in crisis.
Author Bio
Diane Ackerman
Diane Ackerman writes poetry; she also writes about nature in its various aspects, from penguin chicks to her rose garden. She grew up in New Jersey, attended Penn State, and has an MFA as well as a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature (her dissertation topic was "The Metaphysical Mind in Science and Art") from Cornell, where scientist Carl Sagan and poet A. R. Ammons were her advisors. Ackerman has been a recipient of an award from the Academy of American Poets and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation. She met her longtime companion, the novelist Paul West, when she was one of his students at Penn State.

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Kirkus Reviews
"From Ackerman come these graceful, canny reflections on her hours spent fielding calls at a suicide prevention center....Ackerman's voracious imagination and curiosity find her making forays into biochemistry and the artistic temperament, the weather and Walt Whitman, bicycling and skiing, bringing them all to bear on her shifts at the crisis center. And it is not surprising that, as a writer of luminous essays on natural history, she is able to convincingly free-associate between the emotional geography of animals...and humans..." 11/15/1996

New Yorker
"Counselling the desperate, [Ackerman] concentrates all her senses through that tenuous telephone wire, and when she recounts the stories she hears in an elegant plain style, less has never been more." 03/24/1997

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0320
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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