Sailing My Shoe to Timbuktu: A Woman's Adventurous Search for Family, Spirit, and Love

In this fiercely candid and moving book, novelist Joyce Thompson recounts a difficult yet transforming period in her life In words that will ring true to anyone in the sandwich generation, Thompson tells the story of her troubled marriage ending, her adjustment to single motherhood, finding new love, turning fifty, dealing with sick and dying parents, and somehow discovIn this fiercely candid and moving book, novelist Joyce Thompson recounts a difficult yet transforming period in her life In words that will ring true to anyone in the sandwich generation, Thompson tells the story of her troubled marriage ending, her adjustment to single motherhood, finding new love, turning fifty, dealing with sick and dying parents, and somehow discovering a spiritual home in an ancient, earth centered tradition.Along the way, she comes to terms with the blessings and specters of her own dysfunctional family This includes her father, a distinguished judge and chronic alcoholic, and her tough, smart mother, a pioneering woman lawyer, who is slowly succumbing to Alzheimer s and whom Thompson helps to die gracefully, despite many traumatic and even ridiculous moments But with Thompson s lyrical, personal, and evocative writing, she transforms what could have been a soap opera into a rich, moving, and funny story, full of hope.Thompson s novels are about understanding the human condition, and it s no surprise she focuses that gift on her own life and the lives of her family Elegant, wise, and witty, Sailing My Shoe to Timbuktu, pulls no punches and is delightfully and compulsively readable.
Sailing My Shoe to Timbuktu A Woman s Adventurous Search for Family Spirit and Love In this fiercely candid and moving book novelist Joyce Thompson recounts a difficult yet transforming period in her life In words that will ring true to anyone in the sandwich generation Thompson te

  • Title: Sailing My Shoe to Timbuktu: A Woman's Adventurous Search for Family, Spirit, and Love
  • Author: Joyce Thompson
  • ISBN: 9780060530631
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Sailing My Shoe to Timbuktu: A Woman's Adventurous Search for Family, Spirit, and Love”

    1. If you can get past the murky beginning of this book you may find that the story sounds familiar At least I did, it had a whisper of Eat, Pray, Love, but failed to tell the story as well as Gilbert.The author attempts to tell three storylines - finding love after divorce, finding a religion that fits with her experiences, and her mother's ailing health due to age and dementia. The book is really a story about her mother's illness, with failed attempts of the author to weave in these other things [...]

    2. As a human being is it is natural to question why God has ceased to communicate with us directly. Most of us have asked this question "why has thou forsaken me?"in times of dire need, when all seems lost. We ask where is the the voice of the big Almighty in the sky? Why can't we hear him or her directly speak to us? Joyce Thompson answers this question (chapter 12) and many more in her book Sailing My Shoe to Timbuktu. It is a book full of answers that not only explores her own very personal,fam [...]

    3. I found this book by doing a search for women and sailing, and quickly found that, while it has nothing to do with sailing on the ocean (at least not so far), it's the story of a woman's introduction to Orisha worship, another topic of interest to me. (In fact, I wonder if the ile, or house, of Orisha practitioners that she talks about in Oakland is the one I've been to.)It's also the story of Thompson's troubled family, and of taking care of her mother as she slips further into Alzheimers.I cou [...]

    4. Family members are dealing with the issue of dementia and Alzheimers and this Bainbridge Island writer alerted me to some unknown symptoms (losing the sense of smell). However, the author should have kept her religious story and her dealing with her mother in two different books.

    5. Looking forward to reading - I know the author, and we are closely related via the same Lucumi house (her godmother was the oba oriate at my initiation).

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