We now call to order another meeting of the Deng Ming-Dao fan club (hear! hear!). I picked up another one of his books, beautifully designed and thoughtfully presented, as all his books are. It is The Wisdom of the Tao: Ancient Stories that Delight, Inform, and Inspire. What a wonderful resource!
If you aren't interested in investing in all sorts of esoteric and expensive Taoist tomes, this book might be for you. It gleans pithy stories from various sources -- the writings of Liezi, Zhuangzi, the I Ching, historical records, folktales, and various other Taoist classics. Each story is one or two pages long and is presented in easy, modern language. My only regret is that Deng did not add any commentary to some of the more opaque stories. Some of them required extra pondering, but they were worth the thought.
If you are interested in exploring more of the Taoist tradition, this book is for you. Highly recommended.