Dakota CL

Kathleen Norris, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $19.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-395-63320-5
Nearly 20 years ago, poet Kathleen Norris and her husband moved from New York to the isolated town of Lemmon in northwestern South Dakota, home of her grandparents. Living there radically changed her sense of time and place, forcing her to come to terms with her heritage, her religious beliefs and the land. Norris learned to value the prairie landscape and to cope with the harsh climate. She found small-town life a mass of contradictions: generous hospitality mixed with suspicion of strangers, inertia and a sense of inferiority. One boon to her new life was a community of Benedictine monks; with them she recaptured her (Protestant) Christian faith and discovered inner peace. This is a fine portrait of the High Plains and its people as well as a very personal memoir of a spiritual awakening. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/04/1993
Release date: 01/01/1993
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 256 pages - 978-0-618-12724-5
Paperback - 224 pages - 978-0-395-71091-3
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