East Wind Melts the Ice
A Memoir Through the Seasons
By (author) Liza Dalby
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East Wind Melts the Ice by Liza Dalby
Book DescriptionWriting in luminous prose, Liza Dalby, acclaimed author of "Geisha and The Tale of Murasaki", brings us this elegant and unique year's journal - a brilliant mosaic that is at once a candid memoir, a gardener's diary, and an enlightening excursion through cultures east and west. Structured according to the seasonal units of an ancient Chinese almanac, "East Wind Melts the Ice" is made up of 72 short chapters that can be read straight through or dipped into at random. In the essays, Dalby transports us from her Berkeley garden to the streets of Kyoto, to Imperial China, to the sea cliffs of Northern California, and to points beyond.Throughout these journeys, Dalby weaves her memories of living in Japan and becoming the first and only non-Japanese geisha, her observations on the recurring phenomena of the natural world, and meditations on the cultural aesthetics of Japan, China, and California. She illuminates everyday life as well, in stories of keeping a pet butterfly, roasting rice cakes with her children, watching whales, and pampering worms to make compost. In the manner of the Japanese personal poetic essay, this vibrant work comprises 72 windows on a life lived between cultures, and the result is a wonderfully engaging read.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520259911
(197mm x 143mm x 22mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 17-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Liza Dalby
Hidden Buddhas, Paperback (October 2009)
A tale of love and decay, from centuries-old secrets to the end of the world
Kimono, Paperback (November 2001)
This work traces the history of the Kimono - its designs, uses, aesthetics and social significance - and in doing so explores the world of the geisha, last wearers of the kimono.
Geisha, Paperback (September 2000)» View all books by Liza Dalby
Published with a new preface, this bestseller offers an intimate glimpse into a unique female community. Liz Dalby, the only non-Japanese woman ever to have trained as a geisha, reveals the realities of geisha life.
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Author Biography - Liza Dalby
Liza Dalby is an anthropologist specializing in Japanese culture. She was recently a consultant for Rob Marshall's film Memoirs of a Geisha.
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