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

A People's History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play - David Zirin

From John Kerry’s wind-surfing debacle to the recent outcry over human-rights abuses in China preceding the Olympics, the intersection of sports and politics has never been clearer. For those who wonder what came before “hockey moms,” or for anyone with memories of the great sports moments of the twentieth century, sportswriter Dave Zirin’s A People’s History Of Sports In The United States (New Press, $26.95) is a must-read.  Paying particular attention to race, class, and gender on the American playing field, Zirin examines how sport has both reflected and influenced the larger political culture.  Even as he casts well-known figures such as Muhammad Ali and Magic Johnson in a new light, Zirin goes beyond the headlines, telling the stories of collegiate and lower-level athletes and tracing the evolution of American sports from colonial times to the present.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781595581006
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Published: New Press, The - September 1st, 2008

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781595584779
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Published: New Press - September 15th, 2009

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