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Andy Douglas' THE CURVE OF THE WORLD: INTO THE SPIRITUAL HEART OF YOGA

There’s a genre of memoir commonly called the spiritual memoir. One of the most famous examples would be Thomas Merton’s The Seven Storey Mountain, but there are many, many others: Kathleen Norris’ Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda, Faith Adiele’s Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun, or Roger Kamenetz’s The Jew in the Lotus, to name just a few.

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Gale Walden's "Autobiography"

There seems to be a sense among some contemporary readers that if something isn’t factually true then it’s somehow less compelling or less urgent than the “real.” I have to admit that as a fiction writer, this saddens me a little.

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