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In "Never in a Hurry the poet Naomi Shihab Nye" resists the American tendency to "leave toward places whenn we barely have time enough to get there." Instaed she travels the world at an observant pace, talking to strangers and introducing readers to an endearing assemblage of great-great-aunts, eccentric neighbors, Filipina faith healers, dry-cleaning proprietors, hitchhikIn "Never in a Hurry the poet Naomi Shihab Nye" resists the American tendency to "leave toward places whenn we barely have time enough to get there." Instaed she travels the world at an observant pace, talking to strangers and introducing readers to an endearing assemblage of great-great-aunts, eccentric neighbors, Filipina faith healers, dry-cleaning proprietors, hitchhikers, and other quirky characters, some of whom she met just once. As inviting and inventive as her poems, Nye's insightful essays spill forth from the collexction with the spontaneity of stories spoken across a kitchen table....

Title : Never in a Hurry: Essays on People and Places
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ISBN : 9781570030826
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 253 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Never in a Hurry: Essays on People and Places Reviews

  • Beth
    2019-02-24 12:10

    A beautiful collection of essays/prose poems. This Palestinian-American author who lives in San Antonio shares beautiful stories of the places she's lived, her Palestinian family's struggles, and her life. She often ties together seemingly unrelated stories into a universal theme. I am eager to read more!

  • Kris Dersch
    2019-03-14 13:06

    One of my favorite books ever. I read this on an international backpacking trip when I was 25...that was well over a decade ago and I still come back to these essays again and again. A great read for our time or anytime.Featured on No Extra Words Episode 101.

  • Yvette Hill
    2019-02-28 10:21

    What a gem of a book! I love creative, narrative non-fiction and perhaps the fact that Ms. Shibab is also a poet lends this collection a lilting and lyrical rhythm that held me captivated from first page to last. It truly humbles me when a writer can successfully immerse the reader in trivial activities of life - buying a used car in Oahu, driving her neighbor home from the store, describing a walk in the woods on the hunt for pussy willows - and reveal their stark and breathtaking beauty. The sorrow that under girds the pieces on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict left me aching. (Ms. Shibab's father is a Palestinian immigrant to America and she describes several trips back to visit her paternal grandmother who lives in a small village on the West Bank.) She is a gifted writer, one who can paint emotions that rise up from the page and grip you round the gut as you lose yourself in her vivid details.

  • Pascale
    2019-03-13 05:23

    A “very excellent,” wonderful compilation of personal short stories by a Texas-based woman of Palestinian-American origins. If only every book were like this one... I couldn’t put it down until I was done reading it.It was refreshing to read about a woman who seemed happy and curious about the people around her, who made them come alive (again) through her depictions of their little idiosyncrasies and the circumstances of their lives. Her stories of her trips back to her father's Palestinian family were thoroughly interesting, and so was the family. A great book.

  • Greta
    2019-03-01 11:03

    Non fiction essays about her life are often entertaining, tragic, thought provoking, interesting, but never boring. Her honesty is deeply moving about her life as an Arab-American, with family who live, "on the lip of a beautiful mountain" in the war torn West Bank of the land formerly known as Palestine. She is the best Palestinian-American writer I know of and young enough to teach us for years.

  • Larry
    2019-02-18 08:20

    A wonderful book of essays on people and places. Naomi Shihab Nye has a great eye and ear for situations; her books of poetry and her children's book Habibi are also great to read. But especially after reading Never in a Hurry I just wanted to savor the stories, rolling them around in my mouth before tasting another book. I will read anything by Nye -- I suspect if she wrote cook books they'd also be rich and rewarding.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-02 05:03

    Nye will be coming to campus in March/ April so the students will have a Masterclass with her-- the essays are short and easy to work with and one can develop writing assignments based around the book-- both analytical and creative. I don't know Nye's work much at all so it is a learning experience for me too.

  • Michael
    2019-03-09 08:26

    I am so glad I read this collection of essays. They are beautifully written about her (poet’s) life. The essays are tight and lovely reflections on family and life in this world. She has grown up and lived in the United States and is of Palestinian background. It is wonderful writing, insightful observation, and more. This is one of my favorite reads in a while.

  • Gretchen
    2019-03-08 08:12

    This collection of essays from the poet Nye is absolutely worth picking up.

  • Catherine
    2019-03-14 11:02

    Nye is a poet, and it shows brilliantly in her prose. This collection of short non-fiction was a joy to read.

  • Jane
    2019-02-25 13:16

    Excellent stories of the journey of life.

  • Carlyn
    2019-03-21 11:19

    A poet writing prose. So good. And hopeful, helps you see the gentle light in dark issues, like Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

  • Mikey Walsh
    2019-02-21 07:01

    Naomi Shihab Nye writes essays as beautiful as her poems.

  • Hannah
    2019-03-18 13:12

    This book explores the importance of community and traveling in order to learn about the experiences and values of others.