Books by Kathleen Norris

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Surprisingly frank and moving."
Memoir of a spiritual writer and poet who discovered relevance to her life and work in the longforgotten and difficult-to-define concept of acedia. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2001 by Kathleen Norris
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"But there's no need to quibble. This is fine, fine reading."
The well-known poet and memoirist presents the 16th installment in this flawless series. Read full book review >
THE HOLY TWINS by Kathleen Norris
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"There's always a place for dePaola's work; older children, or those intent on connecting the words to the beautiful pictures, will find their attention amply repaid. (Biography. 7-10)"
DePaola's inexhaustible wellspring of creativity is never more evident than in ecclesiastical subjects, and in this biography of the twin saints, Benedict and Scholastica, he has outdone himself. Read full book review >
THE VIRGIN OF BENNINGTON by Kathleen Norris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"There just isn't anything unusual enough about the author's experiences and perceptions to make this more than a near-stereotypical tale of a provincial American emerging from a sheltered, small-town environment to confront the dangers and temptations of a big metropolis."
Poet and nonfiction author Norris (The Cloister Walk, 1996, etc.) focuses in this autobiography on her years at Bennington College in the mid-1960s and a subsequent period of maturation in New York City. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2001

"Journey is about growth and striving for enlightenment, not about having attained it—and these poems celebrate both the physicality of the body and the spiritual qualities inherent in a simplified life."
A chronicle of Norris's inner and outer travels through Minnesota and the Dakotas, and how her settling there inspired a realization that one frequently winds up where one ought to be. Read full book review >
THE CLOISTER WALK by Kathleen Norris
NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 1996

"A down-to-earth and accessible introduction to a powerful tradition."
Ruminations on the perennial relevance of Benedictine monastic life from Norris (Dakota: A Spiritual Biography, 1993), who acts as a sympathetic and perceptive outsider. Read full book review >
DAKOTA by Kathleen Norris
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Quiet and clearheaded, with typical first-book flaws."
A meditative mÇlange of observations on Midwest land and spirit. Read full book review >