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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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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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Stubborn Light

The Best Of The Sun Volume III

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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A Bell Ringing In The Empty Sky

The Best Of The Sun, Volume II

This second volume from The Sun’s first decade is a glimpse into the magazine’s early years. “Subtle, sometimes mystical,” the Los Angeles Times says, “this anthology never disappoints, alternating whimsical essays with soulful contemplations.”

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A Bell Ringing In The Empty Sky

The Best Of The Sun Volume I

This first volume from The Sun’s first decade is a glimpse into the magazine’s early years. “Subtle, sometimes mystical,” the Los Angeles Times says, “this anthology never disappoints, alternating whimsical essays with soulful contemplations.”

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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.

Best of The Sun Anthology Set

Best of The Sun Volumes I and II

This two-volume collection from The Sun’s first decade is a glimpse into the magazine’s early years. “Subtle, sometimes mystical,” the Los Angeles Times says, “this anthology never disappoints, alternating whimsical essays with soulful contemplations.

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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