This is my first review and the only reason I'm bothering is to add my praise for this book. I like peace and quiet and I find it shocking that some people have to have background noise because they find silence disturbing. I bought this book because of this mind interest in silence. This book is deeply personal and intelligent and also spiritual. When you read it you will be taken on a personal journey of a woman who wishes to explore silence. The writing is emotionally honest, the cultural references wide-ranging and the spirit of adventure that pervades the book deeply moving. It is the most enjoyable non-fiction book I have read for years.