Search Results: "Kathleen Norris"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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Krazy Kathleen by William Tellem
Released: Feb. 10, 2016

"A lighthearted ode to books featuring eye-catching, funny pictures of an eccentric character."
A children's librarian who keeps everything in seemingly random piles teaches local residents a lesson in this tale by Tellem (Zen the Zebra, 2015, etc.), featuring illustrations by Coules. Read full book review >

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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 >

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THE BEST SHORT STORIES OF FRANK NORRIS by Frank Norris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Others likely won—t."
The career of novelist Frank Norris was tragically short—he died in 1902, at the age of 32—but crowded with work. Read full book review >

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KATHLEEN, PLEASE COME HOME by Scott O'Dell
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1978

"Of course this sort of material has an enduring fascination for daydreaming stay-at-homes."
The diary of a runaway girl, whose dismal experiences are attributed largely to "going along" with a bad companion. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Those who crave innovation should look elsewhere, but Raine's work will please readers with more conservative tastes."
Quiet strength and humility infuse the oeuvre of this British nonagenarian, whose first book of verse appeared in 1943—although this volume really should have been called "selected," as the poet has chosen to exclude many poems from the books that comprise it. Read full book review >

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THE BURNING GLASS by Helen Norris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 1992

"Groundbreaking, not."
A lackluster collection of short stories from Norris (Walk With the Sickle Moon, Water into Wine, etc.) that have all the zip of a soda left too long uncapped. Read full book review >