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Drinking the Rain

A Memoir

Alix Kates Shulman

North Point Press

At fifty, Alix Kates Shulman left a city life dense with political activism, family, and literary community, and went to stay alone in a small cabin on an island off the Maine coast. Living without plumbing, electricity, or a telephone, she discovered in herself a new independence and a growing sense of oneness with the world that redefined her notions of waste, time, necessity, and pleasure. With wit, lyricism, and fearless honesty, Shulman describes a quest that speaks to us all: to build a new life of creativity and spirituality, self-reliance and self-fulfillment.

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Drinking the Rain
PART ONEThe IslandONE 
 
THE tide is low, leaving a swath of damp, hard-packed sand as good as a dirt road for rolling my shopping cart along. Otherwise, the cartwheels would sink into the fine sand above the tide line or catch in the wrack, that dense tangle of seaweed, driftwood, shells, and debris that fringes the beach. The late-May sun is on its way down, spreading a vivid red glow across the sea and empty shore in starkest contrast to the life I've just left at the center of the continent's most worldly city. A city of eight million people speaking a combined
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"A ten-year voyage of discovery . . . Shulman's honesty and sense of inquiry carry us with her all the way--could even, if we were willing, change our lives."--San Francicso Sunday Examiner & Chronicle

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Alix Kates Shulman

  • Alix Kates Shulman is the author of eleven books, including Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, and three other novels, two memoirs, two books on the anarchist Emma Goldman, and three children's books. She divides her time between New York City and Maine.
  • Alix Kates Shulman Marion Ettinger
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A Memoir

Alix Kates Shulman

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