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A Slender Thread #2020

A Slender Thread his astonishing book by the prizewinning bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses reveals Ackerman s parallel lives as an observer of the wildlife in her garden and as a telephone crisis

  • Title: A Slender Thread
  • Author: Diane Ackerman
  • ISBN: 9780517361221
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Slender Thread By Diane Ackerman, his astonishing book by the prizewinning, bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses reveals Ackerman s parallel lives as an observer of the wildlife in her garden and as a telephone crisis counselor Ackerman brings a luminous and illuminating combination of sensuality, science, and speculation to whatever she considers San Francisco Examiner From the Hahis astonishing book by the prizewinning, bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses reveals Ackerman s parallel lives as an observer of the wildlife in her garden and as a telephone crisis counselor Ackerman brings a luminous and illuminating combination of sensuality, science, and speculation to whatever she considers San Francisco Examiner.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Here s an instance where I think the New York Times got it wrong This was on the 100 Notable Books list for 1997 A writer well known for her willingness to try almost anything relates her conversations with persons unseen as she worked the phones at a crisis intervention center Sounded interesting But, there s very little maybe twenty pages total in the book about her work on the phones at the crisis intervention center It s all about Diane Ackerman, Modern Woman the impeccable decor of her bath [...]

    2. Absolutely wonderful book that seamlessly merges the darkest moments of human crisis with the beauty of the natural world, somehow painting a deeply dynamic and extensive view of human nature and our inextricable links with the animal selves we have forgotten Should be required reading for anyone working in counselling of any sort Ackerman is a beautiful writer with a gift for elucidating the subtle.

    3. In terms of style, the book is well written but lacks focus Ackerman often uses a call to launch into her own thoughts about a kind of related topic, but my guess is that keeping to the call would have been interesting There s also quite a lot about squirrels I didn t have much patience for those parts and ended up skipping over them in the end and it still felt like a pretty long book view spoiler Ackerman also commits a major ethics violation against one of the phone line s regular callers Th [...]

    4. Diane Ackerman is a luminous writer I m on page 42, so just at the beginning, but once again, she amazes me with how she weaves across different worlds, here psychology, helping others out of despair, specifically her experiences as a volunteer at a local suicide hotline and the natural world, observing grey squirrels in her back yard It isn t a natural mix, but she makes it work Here is a quotation that moves from the etymology of the word promise, to understanding human behavior, the social co [...]

    5. This book was really amazing I picked it up randomly at the take it or leave it pile and found it spoke to me on many levels I love Diane Ackerman and her writing and had no idea what this book was about when I grabbed it.Turns out it s about her time working at a suicide prevention hotline Amazingly she lived in Ithaca, where I went to college She mentions talking someone off the bridge which I did once and reminded me of another night when I saw someone clinging to the side of the bridge the w [...]

    6. Written during her time spent as a volunteer on a crisis hotline, Ms Ackerman limns all the aching sorrow, grief, exasperation and incredible wonder that filled her nights as she spent time talking other people off the ledge Intertwining her conversations with the invisible people at the other end of the telephone are powerful ruminations about birds, animals, insects, weather, food, poetry and whatever else caught her fancy The thoughts are not randomly expressed nor are they merely filler betw [...]

    7. I enjoy Diane Ackerman s writing and, although this wasn t my favorite of her books, it was still a lovely read This is an account of her time working as a counselor for a suicide prevention phone line Has anyone had the diverse experiences of Diane Ackerman She seems to have held all manner of odd jobs She retells the stories of some of her diverse callers and then weaves in some observations of nature and of squirrel watching in particular Sounds weird but Ackerman can see the connections betw [...]

    8. personal than some of ackerman s well known books a moving and unsentimental account of a year in the life of a suicide prevention counselor ackerman talks about depression her own and others , squirrels, seasons, creativity, community, and the strange relationships between identity and biologymetimes her lyricism and image heavy prose wears on me, but that s what happens when a poet writes prose no surprises there her ruminations on creativity and depression were both heartening and interesti [...]

    9. i m making myself finish this against my will the story line meanders, and the author writes with unconvincing authority a book about her work as a counselor on a suicide prevention hotline is strangely interspersed with her musings about the squirrels who live in the woods behind her house much of the dialogue sounds like it was gathered during interviews, then falsely placed in scene on a sentence by sentence level, her writing can be moving and insightful, so it s a shame the book as a whole [...]

    10. Ackerman is a respected and beautiful writer, but I grappled with this book, which, to me, just didn t have a clear theme Granted, it was probably meant to be an extended snippet of her life at the time writer, crisis counselor, recreational cyclist but I felt she should have picked on topic and just expanded on that She didn t really do justice to any of them, particularly in the area of crisis prevention She reveals a poignant phone conversation with someone contemplating suicide, then goes of [...]

    11. Only partly about working at a suicide crisis hotline Much about the nature of life, struggles, animal behavior, writing and creative expression, almost through small essays pieced together Not what I was expecting, and the writing was so rich it was almost too much to handle sometimes, but I also found when I could relax into it, it was almost like being carried away in a guided meditation.

    12. This is another favorite author of mine Diane Ackerman is a non fiction writier with soul She weaves history into a theme She has written about the senses, about love, about the idea of play This is her story of being a crisis line phone volunteer It is full of saddness and hope It is real I d recommend it to anyone who s ever wanted to call a crisis line or wanted to volunteer for one, as well as those emotive souls like myself who just can t get enough of books about human emotions.

    13. An eye opener for a person who has always been on the calling end of the crisis line I have a greater respect for those on the receiving end To offer help in crisis requires a selflessness I ve yet to develop It requires strategic objectivity during searingly subjective moments It requires deep breathing and a steady tone It requires deep and dark anonymity Read in winter 2012 Age 29.

    14. Interesting memoir of the author s time volunteering for a suicide prevention hotline, interspersed with self indulgent musings Having lived in the community about which she wrote, I was somewhat horrified to realize that although she supposedly disguised them I was able to recognize some of the callers as people I had known.

    15. My overall opinion of this book is that the title is fitting There are many topics covered in the book but the underlying theme is clearly about how complicated, and thus fragile human life can be i.e like a slender thread It s though provoking in its own way, but also very insightful about the struggles we face in life and how apart we are from nature in general.

    16. Nervously, I begin fidgeting with a triangular shaped pencil, pushing it slowly back and forth on the desk, but its flat pyramidal sides won t roll Diane Ackerman is amazing at weaving mundane details like this into pertinent metaphors which help her to transform the topic of suicide into an uplifting insight into life.

    17. Diane Ackerman is an excellent writer If you haven t read anything by her, I recommend trying something Her range of topics tend towards the sciences This book is about what it s like to work at a suicide prevention hotline I appreciated it giving me a picture of that She gives a picture of both the people who call in, and also the other volunteers.

    18. I loved this book What a challenge working a crisis hotline I love getting an inside look at a job I ve never experienced Diane Ackerman s writing is so clear and wonderful She really has a gift with language,

    19. Astonishing, lyrical language, even tho the subject matter is difficult working as a phone crisis counselor.

    20. This is another Ackerman work that I really loved The backdrop was so familiar to me having lived in western New York The subject is also too familiar but I found it hopeful.

    21. This is a book about people at the emotional psychological brink, written by one of my favorite authors.

    22. A little slower pace than most books, But once yo slow down your own pace to match the book, there are a lot of good insight nature lovers will enjoy the author s observations.

    23. This book came into me life when I was trying to understand the effects of depression I found Diane s writing insightful and compassionate I learned so much

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