By Gretel Ehrlich
A strong chronicle of a wounded woman’s exploration of nature and self.
Winner of the Whiting award.
After nature author Gretel Ehrlich used to be struck via lightning close to her Wyoming ranch and nearly died, she launched into a painstaking and visionary trip again to the land of the dwelling. With assistance from a unprecedented heart specialist and the companionship of her liked puppy Sam, she avidly explores the normal and non secular global to make experience of what occurred to her. We stick with as she combs each inch of her new domestic at the California coast, attends a tradition of lightning-strike sufferers, and is going on a seal watch in Alaska. Ehrlich then turns her concentration inward, exploring the tiny yet both interesting environment of the human middle, and culminated in a stunningly attractive description of open-heart surgery.
“A brilliant paintings of art.”—Los Angeles instances booklet Review
“This eclectic chronicle of restoration deals tours into neurobiology, cardiology, the lore and technological know-how of lightning, and the scientific literature of lightning damage. . . . Evocative writing and plenty of attention-grabbing facts.”—The big apple occasions e-book overview
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Extra resources for A Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck By Lightning
I had imagined that beer would be something like sarsaparilla, and was jarred by its bitter, yeasty effrontery. This was nothing compared to my first martini, which John concocted one afternoon when he and I found his parents' apartment unoccupied, with a note from his mother about an unexpected dinner invitation and something or other for his supper in the icebox. I really did not like the bite of the gin and Page 9 vermouth, but by the time I got down to the olive I was feeling so elevated, and the conversation had turned so brilliant, that I was ready for a refill.
At the Apollo, by contrast, great waves of student applause swept the strippers into multiple encores. There supposedly were certain legal restrictions on the amount of bodily movement they could indulge in once their breasts were bare, but with several hundred voices clamoring for more and the orchestra conductor swooping obligingly into another reprise of "I'm Sure of Everything But You" or "Orchids in the Moonlight," some of the stars let themselves go in stirringly ingenious displays of erotic dancing.
The alternative was a vague suggestiveness that al- Page 20 lowed us each to suppose that the other was doing pretty well. Although we seldom reported on particular encounters, we talked often about sexual techniques in general. Taking a classical approach, John checked a copy of Ovid's Ars amatoria out of the library, and we went to work on it with our high-school Latin, but the result was closer to confusion than illumination. We studied the diagrams in the textbook for the "hygiene" course required of Columbia freshmen, but found this, too, less than satisfactoryand somehow not correspondent with what we discovered firsthand in the back seat of a taxi with an excitable college girl.
A Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck By Lightning by Gretel Ehrlich