Lion's Roar

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RECOLLECTIONS OF MY NONEXISTENCE

A Memoir

By Rebecca Solnit

Viking 2020; 256 pp., $26 (cloth)

Each chapter of this memoir has the punch of a stand-alone essay, but taken as a whole they’re even more powerful. In , the famed writer () and sometime Zen practitioner tracks her evolution as a feminist and writer waking up to the myriad ways women are brutalized, silenced, and sidelined. Ultimately, however, the message is hopeful. Solnit draws our attention to the Japanese art of , repairing broken pottery with gold. She quotes her friend Roshi Joan Halifax as she holds up such a vessel: “The wounds and harms that arise from falling over the edge into moral suffering can…be

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