Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal Author: Rachel Naomi Remen, M. D. (1996) Riverhead Books.
Dr. Remen's book had a profound impact on me. I first read it in 1996 and turn to it again and again for sustenance. The book is a collection of stories drawn from her experience as physician, teacher, and survivor of chronic illness. She reminds us that the time-honored tradition of storytelling round the "kitchen table" is indeed a healer of souls. Her stories of suffering, loss, hope, and meaningfulness remind us that we are all more human than anything else and that we are bound together by common experience and common hopes and dreams.
The dedication of the book reads, "For everyone who has never told their story." Her wish, and mine, is that everyone will find a safe and welcoming place to tell their stories, because, as her title says, stories do heal.
You may also like Remen's My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging. Riverhead Books.