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  • Published: 15 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9781611805673
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $27.99

Let The Whole Thundering World Come Home

A Memoir



A powerful memoir from Natalie Golderg--the woman who changed the way writing is taught in this country--sharing her experience with cancer grounded in her practice of writing and Zen.

Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home begins at the grave of Katagiri Roshi, Natalie's Zen teacher, in Japan. Twenty years after Katagiri's death and Natalie's return to New Mexico, she is permanently settled in Santa Fe with her partner, Yukwan. Except that, as Buddhism teaches us, nothing is permanent. Natalie learns that she has CLL, a potentially fatal form of blood cancer.

For two years, Natalie dances with her cancer--visiting doctor after doctor, attempting treatment after treatment. Nothing helps; in fact, one of the treatments only feeds the cancer and encourages its growth. Then Natalie's partner, Yukwan discovers that she, too, has cancer--breast cancer--as well as an off-the-charts oncotype score that requires her to have surgery immediately. The cancer twins, as Natalie calls herself and Yukwan, now must each navigate her own illness, carve out her own cancer territory. Each can provide only limited emotional and physical energy for the other. And, somehow, they both need to find a way to stay together, to stay in love--and to heal.

As the title expresses, Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home is so much more than a cancer memoir. Through a direct and grounded narrative, Natalie illuminates a path through illness: that we need to be in love with the lives we have, to embrace the dark and the light in our lives. For Natalie, writing and painting represent the light, and her cancer takes her deeper into her art practices. Balanced with a Zen practice that helps to her face death, this book is a moving meditation on living life in full bloom.

  • Published: 15 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9781611805673
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Natalie Goldberg

Natalie Goldberg lives in northern New Mexico and is the author of Writing Down the Bones, Wild Mind, Long Quiet Highway, Banana Rose and Living Color, a book about her work as a painter. Her writing workshops are very popular. Visit her website www.nataliegoldberg.com

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Praise for Let The Whole Thundering World Come Home

"Grounded, heartbreaking, and full of hope, Let the Whole Thundering World shows us how to meet the reality of illness and recovery head-on with courage and grace. Natalie Goldberg's lifelong dedication to writing, art, and her practice of Zen is an inspiration."--Ruth Ozeki, author of Tales for the Time Being  "With alert stillness infused with intention, Natalie Goldberg meets mortality head-on. Beautifully written, this is a book about love, loss, and down-to-the-marrow courage."--Wendy Johnson, author of Gardening at the Dragon's Gate "This is the book that didn’t exist: an unflinchingly gorgeous exploration of being sick while being very much alive. Natalie does not turn away from her pain and fear, but faces them directly, often with great tenderness. The result is that we can’t look away either. By not shielding us from her sorrow, we see more clearly our own. Let the Whole Thundering World Home is both generous and wise, glorious proof that our darkest moments are also our most illuminating, that being vulnerable is an act of true courage, and that often we are most present and awake when our future is uncertain. This book is is both a comfort and a wonder. I couldn’t put it down."--Katie Arnold, author of Running Home 

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