Well Water Woman: A Short Memoir

Gloria Ng
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Well Water Woman is a personal narrative of a Chinese American female who explores and reconstructs her journey from girlhood to womanhood, piecing information from two generations of memories to weave the life and legacy of the paternal grandmother whom she has never personally met. This short memoir explores the inner workings of spirit through the cycle of birth, life, death, and eternity.
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About the author

Multi-published author Gloria Ng is an Oakland-based mother of three who writes on Owl Time. Her work has appeared in anthologies, including YELL-Oh Girls! Emerging Voices Explore Culture, Identity, and Growing Up Asian American. (HarperCollins, 2001)


Seeing the lack of bilingual books to read to her children, she created the Mama Gloria Chinese-English Bilingual Books series. 

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Publisher
Gloria Ng
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Published on
Dec 31, 2013
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Pages
84
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ISBN
9781499657821
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Women
Body, Mind & Spirit / Afterlife & Reincarnation
Body, Mind & Spirit / Healing / Prayer & Spiritual
Body, Mind & Spirit / Inspiration & Personal Growth
Family & Relationships / Death, Grief, Bereavement
Family & Relationships / Extended Family
Philosophy / Buddhist
Religion / Buddhism / General
Religion / Faith
Religion / Spirituality
Self-Help / Death, Grief, Bereavement
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Happiness
Self-Help / Spiritual
Social Science / Death & Dying
Social Science / Emigration & Immigration
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
Social Science / Feminism & Feminist Theory
Social Science / Gender Studies
Social Science / Men's Studies
Social Science / Women's Studies
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It’s time to get over your self!

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There's a sacred and hidden path inside each one of us, a path of mysteries and amazing manifestations, where nothing is impossible, not even our wildest spiritual creations.

This is the realm of impossibilities, where imagination is carried away by a spiritual insight, which is here referred as the phoenix.

The allegory inside this book takes us to a subconscious realm, that can lead us to the most uplifting and unknown side of ourselves, but also to other realities as well, namely, the ones that are parallel to ours, and also other dimensions and galaxies.

It is with this allegory of the phoenix that we understand the role of the dragons and serpents of our planet, and how they interfere in the Tao of our existence.

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The Native Americans have often told us about the spirit of the eagle that keeps guard over the spiritual world.

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This is why many mystics of ancient times believed that only fire could take souls to another world.

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The one who can ride the phoenix, can travel very far, to amazing lands. And these are the ones that often come back, when they choose to, as our prophets and religious leaders.

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • This inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • People • NPR • The Washington Post • Slate • Harper’s Bazaar • Time Out New York • Publishers Weekly • BookPage

Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Books for a Better Life Award in Inspirational Memoir

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

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