Like dylan thomas’ under milk wood and sherwood anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, Brian Doyle’s stunning fiction debut brings a town to life through the jumbled lives and braided stories of its people. In a small town on the oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, brawls and boats, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, rain and pain, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, mud and laughter.
Mink River #ad - A river confesses what it’s thinking…it’s the tale of a town, written in a distinct and lyrical voice, on the wet coast of Oregon, and readers will close the book more than a little sad to leave the village of Neawanaka, beneath the hills that used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the world.
The Plover: A NovelThomas Dunne Books #ad - But the galaxy soon presents him with a string of odd, entertaining, and dangerous passengers, who become companions of every sort and stripe. I am that very man. He will go it alone, he will be his own country, he will be beholden to and beloved of no one. The plover is the story of their adventures and misadventures in the immense blue country one of their company calls Pacifica.
The Plover: A Novel #ad - No man is an island, my butt, he thinks. Declan o donnell has sailed out of Oregon and deep into the vast, wild ocean, having had just finally enough of other people and their problems. Hounded by a mysterious enemy, reluctantly acquiring one new resident after another, argument, tension, Declan O Donnell's lonely boat is eventually crammed with humor, and a resident herring gull.
Brian doyle's the plover is a sea novel, heartfelt celebration of life's surprising paths, a maritime adventure, the story of a cold man melting, a compendium of small miracles, an elegy to Edmund Burke, a watery quest, a battle at sea-and a rapturous, planned and unplanned.
Martin Marten: A NovelThomas Dunne Books #ad - Martin is a pine marten, a small, muscled hunter of the deep woods. Why not come with them as they set forth into the forest and crags of the mountain and into the bruising wilderness of love, family, and good things to eat?Martin Marten is a braided coming-of-age tale like no other, life, friends, told in Brian Doyle's joyous, mystery, enemies, wonder, rollicking style.
. He is about to start high school, which is scary and alluring. Both of these wild animals are setting off on adventures on their native Mount Hood in Oregon, and their lives, paths, and trails will cross, weave, and blend. Winner of the leslie bradshaw award for young adult literature winner of the banff mountain book award for fictiondave is fourteen years old, eager, and headlong.
Martin Marten: A Novel #ad - He is about to leave home for the first time, which is scary and thrilling. Two energetic, brilliant, creative animals, sinewy, one human and one mustelid-come sprint with them through the deep, wet, muddled, green glory of Oregon's soaring mountain.
Chicago: A NovelThomas Dunne Books #ad - This is the story of the five seasons he lives there, during which he meets gangsters, gamblers, a shy apartment manager, and many other riveting souls, his first girlfriend, a brave and garrulous bus driver, policemen, a librettist, a cricket player, not to mention a wise and personable dog of indeterminate breed.
Chicago: A Novel #ad - A love letter to chicago, and a wry account of a young man's coming-of-age during the one summer in White Sox history when they had the best outfield in baseball, Brian Doyle's Chicago is a novel that will plunge you into a city you will never forget, the Great American City, and may well wish to visit for the rest of your days.
On the last day of summer, some years ago, a young college graduate moves to Chicago and rents a small apartment on the north side of the city, by the vast and muscular lake.
A Book of Uncommon Prayer: 100 Celebrations of the Miracle & Muddle of the OrdinarySorin Books #ad - By focusing on experiences that may seem the most unprayerful one prayer is titled "Prayer on Seeing Yet Another Egregious Parade of Muddy Paw Prints on the Floor", he gives permission to discover the joys and treasures in what he often calls the muddle of everyday life. Doyle's often-dazzling, always-poignant prayers include eye-opening hymns to shoes and faith and family.
In, a book of uncommon prayer: 100 celebrations of the miracle & muddle of the ordinary, orthodox prayers of the Catholic tradition or the warm, which was named "A Best Spiritual Book of the Year" by Spirituality & Practice, formal, you will find a series of prayers unlike any of the beautiful, extemporized prayers heard from pulpits and dinner tables.
A Book of Uncommon Prayer: 100 Celebrations of the Miracle & Muddle of the Ordinary #ad - In doyle's words, see, savor, "the world is crammed with miracles, we are agog, so crammed and tumultuous that if we stop, " and the pages of his newest book give voice and body to this credo. Acclaimed, award-winning essayist and novelist brian doyle 1956-2017--whose writing, in the words of Mary Oliver, is "a gift to us all"--presents one hundred original prayers that evoke his deep Catholic belief in the mystery and miracle of the ordinary and the whimsical in human life.
The Kind of Brave You Wanted to Be: Prose Prayers and Cheerful Chants against the DarkLiturgical Press #ad - 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. Proems, taut tales, small stories with rhythm and blues and grace and bruise and laughter between the lines.
Eight Whopping Lies and Other Stories of Bruised GraceFranciscan Media #ad - 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, syntax and scapulars, jail and jihad, vigils and velociraptors, and mercy beyond sense.
Brian doyle is an extraordinary writer whose tales will endure. Cynthia ozick, national book critics circle Award-winning author of Quarrel and Quandary This is a guided tour through the mind of one of the most acclaimed voices in contemporary Catholic writing.
How The Light Gets In: And Other Headlong EpiphaniesORBIS #ad - How The Light Gets In: And Other Headlong Epiphanies #ad - A rich treasury of prose poems on matters theological, mystical, and everyday, spiritual, by award-winning author Brian Doyle.
The Jump-Off CreekMariner Books #ad - Every gritty line of the story rings true” Seattle Times as Molly Gloss delivers an authentic and moving portrait of the American West. A powerful novel of struggle and loss” dallas Morning News, The Jump-Off Creek gives readers an intimate look at the hardships of frontier life and a courageous woman determined to survive.
A reading group favorite, the jump-off creek is the unforgettable story of widowed homesteader Lydia Sanderson and her struggles to settle in the mountains of Oregon in the 1890s.
One Long River of Song: Notes on WonderLittle, Brown and Company #ad - His essays manage to find, exquisite beauty in the quotidian, again and again, whether it's the awe of a child the first time she hears a river, or a husband's whiskers that a grieving widow misses seeing in her sink every morning. Through doyle's eyes, nothing is dull. Doyle writes with a delightful sense of wonder about the sanctity of everyday things, romantic love, and about love and connection in all their forms: spiritual love, brotherly love, and even the love of a nine-foot sturgeon.
At a moment when the world can sometimes feel darker than ever, which constantly evokes the humor and even bliss that life affords, Doyle's writing, is a balm. A playful and moving book of essays by a "born storyteller" seattle times who invites us into the miraculous and transcendent moments of the everydayWhen Brian Doyle passed away at the age of sixty after a bout with brain cancer, he left behind a cult-like following of devoted readers who regard his writing as one of the best-kept secrets of the twenty-first century.
One Long River of Song: Notes on Wonder #ad - . David james duncan sums up doyle's sensibilities best in his introduction to the collection: "Brian Doyle lived the pleasure of bearing daily witness to quiet glories hidden in people, renown, or commercial value, places and creatures of little or no size, and he brought inimitably playful or soaring or aching or heartfelt language to his tellings.
A life's work, under doyle's rapturous and exuberant gaze, One Long River of Song invites readers to experience joy and wonder in ordinary moments that become, extraordinary.
Children and Other Wild Animals: Notes on badgers, otters, sons, hawks, daughters, dogs, bears, air, bobcats, fishers, mascots, Charles Darwin, newts, ... tigers and various other zoological mattersOregon State University Press #ad - In children and other wild animals, bestselling novelist Brian Doyle Mink River, The Plover describes encounters with astounding beings of every sort and shape. These true tales of animals and human mammals generally the smaller sizes, but here and there elders and jumbos delightfully blur the line between the two.
In these short vignettes, and the joys available to us when we pause, the astonishing variety of our riveting companions, Doyle explores the seethe of life on this startling planet, savor, see, and celebrate the small things that are not small in the least. Doyle’s trademark quirky prose is at once lyrical, daring, sharp but not sermons, and refreshing; his essays poignant but not pap, and revelatory at every turn.
The creature beyond the mountain, ” doyle’s paean to the mighty and mysterious sturgeon of the Pacific Northwest, won the John Burroughs Award for Outstanding Nature Essay. This is how religion and fascism were born, but it’s also why music is the greatest of arts, and why stories matter, and why we all cannot help staring at fires and great waters.
Children and Other Wild Animals: Notes on badgers, otters, sons, hawks, daughters, dogs, bears, air, bobcats, fishers, mascots, Charles Darwin, newts, ... tigers and various other zoological matters #ad - ”. Sometimes you find yourself starving for what’s true, and not about a person but about all people. As he notes in that tribute to all things “sturgeonness”: “Sometimes you want to see the forest and not the trees. Throughout there is humor and humility and a palpable sense of wonder, with passages of reflection so true and hard earned they make you stop and reread a line, a paragraph, a page.
Children & other wild animals gathers previously unpublished work with selections that have appeared in Orion, The Sun, High Country News, Utne Reader, and The American Scholar, as well as Best American Essays “The Greatest Nature Essay Ever” and Best American Nature and Science Writing “Fishering”.