As you read through these pages you’ll visit a lush land, an ancient and modern culture, and a people who are proud to be Buddhist and Thai. You’ll read about a people who can radically reshape who you believe you are, a culture that feeds your humanity, and a language that is rich with words that refer to the heart/mind or “jai”. Here you’ll discover yourself as you discover a woman who allows the Thai people to open her up. And as she begins to relax and unwind, you’ll read about how downright cynical and fearful she’d become — down into her cells, as influenced by her native Western culture.
Not only does this book introduce you to the joys of Thailand, but it also explores, in a personal way, how culture strongly shapes who we think we are, what values we think we believe in, our tensions and behavior, how we meet life.
In the process of telling its tale, you will read about Thailand’s rice culture, Buddhism, the Thai language, bits about her history and food, and you’ll visit Bangkok, as well as small town village life.
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In this new book of hers, the author once again softly and gently and deftly leads us to places we’ve never been, asking questions we’ve rarely if ever asked.
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Diane de Simone was based in New York and London writing for magazines for over a decade—from Omni to Connoisseur. She wrote an unprecedented, well-publicized, 7-part series for Playboy Magazine, Men and Women, with British author and filmmaker, Jo Durden-Smith, which became a book, Sex and the Brain (Arbor House, Warner Books, Pan/Picador U.K.; seven languages). This was the first book ever written for the layperson, on the heady time in the biological sciences, when we began to ask the question: “So…who are we as a species?” A way into that question was to write about the scientists who were finding subtle differences and similarities between males and females and an evolutionary nature to their equality. She is the author of a memoir tucked into Feathers Brush the Heart (Warner Books 2002 ed. Sinclair Browning); also, the author of Dear Thailand: A Love Story (Amazon, 2013) a memoir about discovering a land, a people, and a culture that can radically reshape your heart.