On Sam Woods American Healing (1992):
Sam Woods is a memoir, narrative non-fiction, a record of how people stray from themselves and one another, and how they find their ways back. It is made of short tales and prayers, mysterious happenings and ways found to move through those happenings to the best place possible, given the circumstances, the people, and the place with all its history. It is a global story, an intimate story, a universal story of how politics and history and sexuality and fear and love entwine, twisting around each other to create our lives. Sam Woods chronicles his experiences with old friends and new people who sorely need connection, as he does, in a world built on separation, on individualism taken to a fault, and in this deeply personal account, he gives voice to something underlying all our experience, the urge to join with others and the world around us, and to know this joining is our most basic reality.
Comments from Goodreads and Amazon
Apr 14, 2013 Kaya Rose rated it 5 of 5 stars
If you ever have the pleasure of stumbling upon this book, please don’t hesitate to read it. This man writes from his goddamn soul and you can tell immediately upon reading the first words of this book. Stan was (also) a professor of mine and this book was his gift to the class at the end of the term. It’s now one of my most valued books. Thanks Stan!
May 16, 2008 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars
I am fortunate enough to have met Stan. He was an English instructor of mine at Cabrillo College. This book is filled with poetry, prayer, and stories from his life. The prayers include “prayer for dealing with bullshit” and “prayer to remember”. It’s an amazing book, and I find myself picking it up often. Thanks for changing my life for the better, Stan!
Jun 26, 2008 Melanie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Please read this, written by my favorite prof in college (UCSC). It’s beautiful.
5.0 out of 5 stars, a wise, magical book, November 7, 2006
By Andrew Campbell “windinpine” (Louisville, KY USA)
SAM WOODS: AMERICAN HEALING is a book I have been reading and re-reading for ten years. The prayers are lyrical, heartfelt, and honest, and the stories and essays are also. This book is magic, and helps us find the magic everywhere.
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a look, September 25, 2008
By Darcy (SANTA FE, NM, United States)
I love this book. I found it quite by chance, or it found me. The most honest look at the human dilemma. I can feel Sam Woods great desire for healing within each wonderful chapter. I wish I could find out more about this wonderful man. Give this book a try.