In Praise of Retreat: Finding Sanctuary in the Modern World


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$18.95  $17.62
ECW Press
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5.7 X 8.5 X 0.8 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Kirsteen MacLeod is a writer and yoga teacher. Her debut collection of short stories, The Animal Game, was published in 2016. Her fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction have appeared in prominent literary journals, including The New Quarterly and The Malahat Review; scores of her articles have been featured in leading Canadian magazines; and her work has been a finalist for the CBC Literary Award in creative non-fiction, among other awards. She divides her time between Kingston, Ontario, and a riverside cabin in the woods near Bancroft.


"Anyone looking for a respite from everyday busyness or struggling through quarantine will be inspired by MacLeod's fresh perspective on the benefits of solitude." -- Publishers Weekly
"Narrated with a touch of warmth that is balanced with the detachment that comes from self-awareness and solitude, the book's pace is smooth, and its diction is beautiful ... In Praise of Retreat issues a deep, thoughtful, and experienced invitation to one's mind, body, and spirit." -- Foreword Reviews
"MacLeod's writing is clear, and her love for quiet, green spaces shines through in lyrical passages about life at her cabin. Her curiosity and passion make for engaging reading throughout the historical sections of each chapter ... It's a book worth reading, one that would make a solid addition to a cottage bookshelf, to be pulled down and riffled through by lamplight on quiet summer nights." -- Quill & Quire
"At first glance a peaceful read that might yet be useful in helping us make the most of this unexpected alone time." -- Toronto Star
"In Praise of Retreat -- part memoir, part nature essay, part guidebook -- is thoughtful, thoroughly researched and often refreshingly wry." -- Shelf Awareness