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Sy Safransky Book Set

Many Alarm Clocks and Four in the Morning

Many Alarm Clocks is one man’s attempt to understand himself, his wife, his country, and the human predicament — all before breakfast.

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Since Sy Safransky founded The Sun in 1974, his essays have appeared in the magazine. Thirty of his best are collected in Four in the Morning. “This guy is absolutely naked on the printed page,” writes the Asheville Citizen-Times. “No pretension, no elevated ideas, just one man's responses to the world around him and the people he loves.”

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Two Anthologies of Our Best Writing

The Mysterious Life of the Heart & Stubborn Light

In The Mysterious Life of the Heart’s fifty personal essays, short stories, and poems, The Sun’s writers explore the enigma of love with unremitting candor, leading us through heartbreak and ecstasy, anger and forgiveness, fleeting crushes and lasting relationships. The result is vibrant, messy, mysterious, and enduring. Contributors include Poe Ballantine, Cheryl Strayed, Sparrow, Steve Almond, and many others.

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Stubborn Light collects the best works from The Sun’s second decade, featuring interviews with spiritual teacher Ram Dass, maverick psychologist James Hillman, potter and poet M.C. Richards, and others.

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Five-Volume Book Set

The Mysterious Life of the Heart, Sunbeams, Paper Lanterns, Many Alarm Clocks, and Four in the Morning

Save a bundle when you purchase The Mysterious Life of the Heart, Sunbeams, Paper Lanterns, Many Alarm Clocks, and Four in the Morning in our limited-edition, five-volume set. That’s all five books for just $45.

The Mysterious Life Of The Heart

Writing From The Sun About Passion, Longing, And Love

In fifty personal essays, short stories, and poems, The Sun’s writers explore the enigma of love with unremitting candor, leading us through heartbreak and ecstasy, anger and forgiveness, fleeting crushes and lasting relationships. The result is vibrant, messy, mysterious, and enduring.

Contributors include Poe Ballantine, Cheryl Strayed, Sparrow, Steve Almond, and many others.

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Sunbeams: A Book Of Quotations

Revised Edition

Twenty years after Sunbeams was first published, we’re offering a completely redesigned edition of the best selling book in the Sun library. Featuring the best Sunbeams from The Sun’s first two decades, the book is full of eclectic insights about the human experience.

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Paper Lanterns More Quotations

From The Back Pages Of The Sun

This eclectic new collection of Sunbeams takes you on a journey through innocence and experience, love and loss, disillusionment and awakening. Along the way you’ll find words that inspire as well as challenge; that celebrate the beauty around us without ignoring the injustices in our midst.

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Four In The Morning

Essays By Sy Safransky

Since Sy Safransky founded The Sun in 1974, his essays have appeared in the magazine. Thirty of his best are collected in Four in the Morning. “This guy is absolutely naked on the printed page,” writes the Asheville Citizen-Times. “No pretension, no elevated ideas, just one man's responses to the world around him and the people he loves.”

Click here to review the table of contents and an excerpt.

The Complete Sun Library

If you’d like to read more interviews, essays, fiction, poetry, and quotations, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the Sun library. Save 30% when you purchase all eight books in the Sun library: a selection of excerpts from Sy Safransky’s Notebook and a collection of his best essays; two quotation volumes; an anthology about love; and three volumes of the best of The Sun.

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