Nobody knows the stories of the animals like Pippin–a girl on a mission to protect the wildlife on her favorite river. Snappy and endearing characters and well-informed wildlife will leave you cheering for nature throughout Pippin’s adventures to protect the cove. Join in the fun as this bold superhero in training for a sustainable planet uses her superpower to decipher the messages of the wildlife and protect her animal friends. Enjoy Pippin’s refreshing adventures for 9-12 year olds and nature lovers of all ages.
In this evocative and entertaining fictional memoir, nineteen-year-old Dan Hennessey takes us on a journey to the epicenter of the beat movement — San Francisco 1956, the year of Howl and The Dharma Bums. As he gets swept up in the fervor of the San Francisco Renaissance, he meets cultural icons such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, and spiritual figures like Alan Watts and Jiddu Krishnamurti, each of whom serves as a catalyst for his awakening. But the man who becomes his spiritual and musical mentor, the man the poet Gary Snyder called the jazz master, is a tenor saxophonist, ex-Zen monk who teaches him Zen through the art of jazz. Filled with reflections on art, society, and spiritual life, The Jazz Master is both a tale of spiritual awakening and a portrait of a unique and colorful era that paved the way for the revolutionary changes of the sixties and seventies.
Targeted Age Group:: 12 and up
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My lifelong interest in jazz and my fascination with the beat generation, coupled with my own experiences in meditation.
Who are your favorite authors?
Herman Hesse, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, Jean Marie Le Clezio, Philip Roth, Wallace Stevens, Rabindranath Tagore, Toni Morrison, Marcel Proust