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Shoes Outside the Door

Desire, Devotion, and Excess at San Francisco Zen Center

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August 15, 2002 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 384 pages | ISBN 9781582432540
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“Not simply a narrative history: it raises the larger question of what constitutes the Americanization of Zen.”

About Michael

MICHAEL DOWNING's novels include the national bestseller Perfect Agreement, named one of the 10 Best Books of the year by Amazon and Newsday, and Breakfast with Scot, a comedy about two gay men who inadvertently become parents. An American Library Association honor book, Breakfast with Scot was adapted as a movie that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. His nonfiction includes Shoes Outside the Door: Desire, Devotion, and Excess at San Francisco Zen Center, hailed by the New York Review of Books as a “dramatic and insightful” narrative history of the first Buddhist monastery outside of Asia, and by the Los Angeles Times as “a highly readable book.” His essays and reviews appear in the New York TimesWashington PostWall Street Journal, and other periodicals. Michael teaches creative writing at Tufts University. He and his partner have lived together in Cambridge for more than 25 years.

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