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November 24, 2010

Road Trip Wednesday: November's Best Book

Kate Hart
First of all: How the hell can it almost be December already?

Second: I didn't get a tremendous amount of reading done this month, but better than October. Some > none.

Image SourceMost of what I read was research for Refuge rewrites. I took detailed notes on several titles suggested by my lovely agent: N. Scott Momaday's The Names (a memoir) and The Way to Rainy Mountain (a book of Kiowa myths), and for lack of time, I skimmed his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel House Made of Dawn. Here are a few of my favorite quotes.
"The first word gives origin to the second, the first and second to the third, the first, second and third to the fourth, and so on. You cannot begin with the second word and tell the story, for the telling of the story is a cumulative process, a chain of becoming, at last of being."
The Names
"The events of one’s life take place, take place. How often have I used this expression, and how often have I stopped to think about what it means? Events do indeed take place, they have meaning in relation to things around them."
The Names
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"There are things in nature that engender a awful quiet in the heart of man; Devil's Tower is one of them."
The Way To Rainy Mountain
"A word has power in and of itself. It comes from nothing into sound and meaning; it gives origin to all things. By means of words can a man deal with the world on equal terms."
The Way To Rainy Mountain
"I have great faith in words, but in this there are no words at last; there is only a kind of perfect silence-- the stillness of a late autumn afternoon in the village and the valley-- in which I listened for the sound of her voice. In a moment she will speak to me; she will speak my name."
The Names
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  1. Wow, such unique books! I feel like I need to expand my reading horizon. :)

  2. Sounds awesome, Kate. Beautiful quotes.

  3. Awesome! I'm reading up on Native American myths too - so interesting. Those are some beautiful quotes.

  4. Interesting quotes. Love the twist on "take place."


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