Thursday, November 15, 2007
I took a long list with me of books to look out for but I was actually quite well-behaved and only bought 4 books while I was in Canada. That's not to say that there weren't plenty that I wanted, but I had to think of space and weight in my suitcase, and then I thought about all the unread Canadian books I have already at home. So I was good.
I did also receive a couple of books. You may remember that earlier this year I read a couple of books on Buddhism but neither of them did much for me. Well my aunt reads my blog (wave) and she knows someone who converted to Buddhism, specifically Tibetan Buddhism, so she gave me a couple of books on the subject. I look forward to getting into them hopefully sometime soon. Book-shaped gifts really are the best kind! Thanks so much O!
So here they are:
From top to bottom:
The Delicate Storm - Giles Blunt
I read Forty Words for Sorrow this summer and really enjoyed it. This is the 2nd book in the series.
The End of the Alphabet - C.S. Richardson
I think I first heard about this book from Lotus, who always has great recommendations. And it's such a cute little book too I had to have it. (I have a thing for cute little hardbacks!)
Cave in the Snow - Vicki MacKenzie
From the back: How an Englishwoman, the daughter of a fishmonger from London's East End, has become a Buddhist legend and a champion for the rights of women to attain spiritual enlightenment.
In 1976 Diane Perry, by then known by her Tibetan name, Tenzin Palmo, secluded herself in a remote cave, 13,200 feet up in the Himalayas, cut off from the world by mountains and snow. There she engaged in twelve years of intense Buddhist meditation. She faced unimaginable cold, wild animals, near-starvation and avalanches; she grew her own food and slept in a traditional wooden meditation box, three-feet square - she never lay down. Her goal was to attain enlightenment as a woman.
Before I Wake - Robert J. Wiersema
I remember hearing about this one before somewhere (it was on my list) and he's also a local writer, living in Victoria. Since the shop had signed copies I decided to snatch it up.
Essential Tibetan Buddhism - Robert A.F. Thurman
I hope it's not too scholarly but it does look like a good overview.
How to be a Canadian - Will Ferguson & Ian Ferguson
I wanted to get something else by Will Ferguson after enjoying Hitching Rides with Buddha. I was planning to get Beauty Tips from Moosejaw but then I saw this one on the sale table at Munro's and as you know the only thing better than buying books is buying books on sale!
And then yesterday in the mail I got the book I won from Les, A Great and Terrible Beauty. My first book blog win! Thanks again Les!
With these and all the other books I have around here I'm hardly lacking in choice!