New Powder Dreams by David Ward–Nanney – best–

Powder Dreams After Eight Years Of Searching For Perfect Snow, Bo Grayson Knows That Every Great Day In The Mountains Can End With An Avalanche He Has Seen Search And Rescue On Several Avalanches He Has Seen The Bodies Few Survive Sometimes Events Or People Or Moods Create Their Own Avalanches There Is The Dreaded Avalanche Of The Home Life, Of The Career, And Even Of The Soul Sometimes You Feel The Avalanche Before It Happens A Haunting Autumnal Depression And A Chance Bookstore Encounter Lead Bo To A Jungian Analysis He Digs Through His Past And Takes A Closer Look At His Friends Some Are Larger Than Life And Monstrous He Must Reckon With His Chosen Profession As A Chicago Trader And The Insatiable Drive To Make Money Most Of All Bo Must Reconcile His Own Collection Of Clamoring Voices, Especially The Ones That Drive Him Into Ever Dangerous Territory

New Powder Dreams  by David Ward–Nanney  – best–
  • Paperback
  • 356 pages
  • Powder Dreams
  • David Ward-Nanney
  • English
  • 09 November 2018
  • 9780956263919

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About the Author: David Ward-Nanney

David Ward Nanney is the author of three novels Obedience, Powder Dreams, and Blueberry He received his B.A Ancient Greek from Emory University.

10 thoughts on “Powder Dreams

  1. says:

    I just finished Powder Dreams by David Ward Nanney and I found it to be a riveting tale, which I hope to see of as contemporary individuals search for a life of meaning It s a deceptively complex book and pushes so many buttons, so many things to address The reader can t help but connect with Bo, despite his flaws, despite his mistakes We want to be him when he s on the slopes, not just with him until a certain incident but when he entered analysis that s when I saw his real strength There were times I had to put the book down for a short while because I felt squirmy, as if I were sitting in that chair across from Dr Attfield I was terrified on a visceral level This book is packed with so much, it starts off kind of laid back, like Bo s lifestyle But when it picks up, there s so much going on your head is spinning, all these undercurrents from dangerous deep powder skiing to dealing with for floor of The Chicago stock market from drug dealers to corporate business and the Martha Stewarts of that world from fragmenting to finding to pull back together again.There s commentary galore, but what it s really about is people, how people screw up, how people struggle, how people enter those liminal zones, those transitory grey areas where they don t know what s right fo...

  2. says:

    Bo Grayson has spent eight years travelling around living the life of a ski bum His prep school shrink refers to his lifestyle as fantasyland and warns against dedicating his life to finding fresh powder Gradually, spurred on by new relationships and the success of old friends, Bo decides to become a serious grown up and becomes a Chicago trader in search of the really big money However he has always been interested in psychology and eventually turns to a Jungian analyst to try and make sense of his life I was initially attracted to this book as someone who had spent some time working in ski resorts In fact the first part of the book was so familiar to me Bo could have been any number of people I worked with in the past, and I remember sharing his musings about whether one should do what is expected go to university, get a good job, buy a big house and have a family, or whether living on the breadline but having a lot of fun could be equally fulfilling It was a vivid reminder of a very alluring lifestyle.The second part charts Bo s move into the real world and explores his relationships with old school friends Some have been wildly successful in monetary terms but appear lacking in other ways He dwells and on who he is and how he s...

  3. says:

    Description Powder Dreams by David Ward Nanney is a novel about Bo Grayson, a ski bum who has no life plans except to find the best powder on the ski slopes He only works an occasional temporary job, and any money he earns is quickly depleted on skiing and other less than legal pursuits He doesn t see his life as squandered, but as an adventure even though he lacks an actual home base and has no real friends or family He continues on this route until he is trapped in an avalanche, both literally and figuratively Is skiing really his only goal And is it enough Depression sets in and Bo decides to analyze his life, his friends, his goals, and his career using Jungian methods This is how he figures out who he could be, but he is still knee deep in money problems, debts, and the urge to revert back to old habits He eventually changes and begins living for the first time in his life, which is followed by him making and sustaining actual relationships outside of skiing and work Even with all the progress he makes he still has problems, but he figures out how to deal without relapsing.Review I requested this book because I have always been into psychological processes and how everyone functions differently under stress, whether emotional or physical The premise sounded...

  4. says:

    The story of a guy in his who goes from perennial ski bum to floor trader at the Chicago MERC I use the term guy because this book is about how he becomes a man Instead of going to collage like his childhood friends Bo decides to travel the mid west looking for the perfect powder to ski After nine years of freedom he thinks he has found the perfect partner in Claire until he comes back from his yearly sabbatical to find hr in bed with another man This action drives Bo to go back to school and get a degree and earn money Being older than average in the field he has chosen he starts to decline into a depres...

  5. says:

    Bo is a ski bum eking out something of a living in Colorado Between waiting tables and giving skiing instructions, he can just afford to pay his share of rent on a shack he shares with several like minded souls Old friends suggest that he is getting a little too old for such a frivolous existence, but it seems it s easier for him to stay in the same routine than to work his way to a traditional path...

  6. says:

    I wanted to read this book because it had what I had read was the most accurate description of a patient s view of psychoanalysis that I was hoping I could relate to Instead it was just boring I wasn t able to finish it.

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