Author(s): Ruth Ozeki
What did your face look like before your parents were born? In The Face: A Time Code, bestselling author and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki recounts, in moment-to-moment detail, a profound encounter with memory and the mirror. Ozeki challenges herself to spend three hours gazing into her own reflection, recording her thoughts and noticing every possible detail. Those solitary hours open up a lifetime's worth of meditations on race, aging, family, death, the body, self-doubt and, finally, acceptance. Ozeki paints an intimate and rich portrait of life as told through a face.
"She is a writer who brings us perspectives we often fail to recognize in American literature She explores the boundaries between different identities, Japanese and American, and her writing offers us insight on how such cultures can intersect and at times conflict with one another.... An exciting author on the cusp of national recognition. --John Dos Passos Prize for Literature committee"
Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. Her first two novels, "My Year ofMeats" (1998) and "All Over Creation" (2003), have been translated into 11 languages andpublished in 14 countries. Her most recent work, "A Tale for the Time-Being" (2013), won the LATimes Book Prize, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critic sCircle Award, and has been published in over thirty countries. Ruth's documentary and dramaticindependent films, including "Halving the Bones," have been shown on PBS, at the SundanceFilm Festival, and at colleges and universities across the country. A longtime Buddhistpractitioner, Ruth was ordained in 2010 and is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and theEveryday Zen Foundation. She lives in British Columbia and New York City, and is currently theElizabeth Drew Professor of Creative Writing at Smith College."