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This lean, raw, and surprising debut is a deeply moving and powerful story of Moses, a nine-year-old survivor of the harsh streets of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Moses longs for something outside the grim existence he has known. He and his friend Kioso hitch a ride out of the city on the back of a truck only to find themselves in the wilderness where their street wisdom no longer helps them as they encounter poisonous snakes, cruel jungle travelers, and a brutal shoot-out with elephant poachers. Separated from Kioso and on the verge of starvation, Moses is saved and sheltered by an unlikely cast of characters, including a prostitute, a crippled fruit vendor, and a hunter-gatherer. Unsentimental, honest, brutal, and lyrical, this hypnotically written book provides insight into the issues that affect modern Africa: the relationship between human beings and the wilderness, the needs of the displaced and the dispossessed, and the ties that bind us together. Mark Thornton uses the experiences of one unfortunate but resourceful child to juxtapose urban homelessness with societies found in the wild, showing that even in places of violence and indifference, human compassion can be found.
Executive meditation coach Mark Thornton writes about a revolution--finding your deepest heart in everyday moments. In Meditation in a New York Minute, Thornton demystifies meditation and makes it accessible to all. He presents his complete program for enjoying the many benefits of meditation-stress reduction, energy, intense mental clarity-in a New York minute. "If your life is moving at warp speed," begins Thornton, "more than ever, you need to create calm quickly and profoundly. " Meditation in a New York Minute will teach even the busiest readers: How to get an hour of refreshing meditation into your day-without adding a thing to your schedule Nineteen powerful techniques from the world's wisdom traditions, distilled into "micro-doses" you can use between meetings, while commuting, in the shower-whenever you have a free moment The 8 Laws of Super Calm and the 8 Golden Keys for flipping on compassion and insight in any situation The 11 Thieves along the path of meditation, and how to dodge them "You can be super busy, super successful, and super calm at the same time," assures Mark Thornton. With Meditation in a New York Minute, now the rewards of this centuries-old inner art are available to everyone on the go.