Consider why, all through history and in every sort of literature, the heart should by considered the seat of the soul, and not the head. What races when you are stimulated by love or fear?-- The Wet Engine: Exploring Mad Wild Miracle of the Heart by Brian Doyle, published by OSU Press.
Doyle is a prolific author with a magpie's interest in all sorts of subjects. His book The Grail (reviewed here) recounts his year spent at a winery in Oregon. His debut novel, Mink River, is a charming story about the quirks and magic of life in a small coastal village.
The Wet Engine is something different altogether. It is Doyle's very personal, ruminative account of his son, born with a heart defect, and the surgeon who saved his life.
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