Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life - Kathleen Norris

At once a memoir, an essay, and a history, Kathleen Norris’s Acedia And Me (Riverhead, $25.95) is a captivating exploration of an enigmatic concept.  Norris traces the notion of acedia, loosely defined as a spiritual inability to care, from the earliest Christian monks to the present.  Rather than focusing on acedia as a solely historical or theological phenomenon, Norris weaves her own life story into a rich narrative about caring and uncaring, the artistic process, and familial and communal relationships.  In an age of unparalleled interest in issues of mental health and depression, this beautifully written book is a timely call for rethinking our relationship to action and inaction. Drawing on the work of great literary masters, the monastic tradition, and her own experience as a poet and wife, Norris creates a unique portrait of a widespread affliction.

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ISBN: 9781594484384
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 2nd, 2010