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Dakota : A Spiritual Biography

Norris, Kathleen

ISBN 10: 0395633206 / ISBN 13: 9780395633205
Published by Ticknor & Fields, New York, 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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FIRST PRINTING of the First Edition. A deeply reflective study of the social landscape of the Great Plains states of America, small town life, beliefs, religion, language, the lives of Native Americans on and off the reservations, farmers, townsfolk, and others - offering a sort of 'spiritual geography' of this region's people and places and the human spirit dwelling therein. Hardcover with dust jacket, contains notes, 224pp. A nice copy, the jacket neatly encased in an acid-free archival protector. Rare. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 00015028

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Title: Dakota : A Spiritual Biography

Publisher: Ticknor & Fields, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Former Owner Inscription

Edition: First Edition.

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A celebrated poet transports readers to the heart of the Great Plains, examining her heritage, religion, language, and the land itself, revealing the contradictions of small-town life on the Great Plains. 10,000 first printing.

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After 20 years of living in the "Great American Outback," as Newsweek magazine once designated the Dakotas, poet Kathleen Norris (The Cloister Walk) came to understand the fascinating ways that people become metaphors for the land they inhabit. When trying to understand the polarizing contradictions that exist in the Dakotas between "hospitality and insularity, change and inertia, stability and instability.... between hope and despair, between open hearts and closed minds," Norris draws a map. "We are at the point of transition between east and west in the United States," she explains, "geographically and psychically isolated from either coast, and unlike either the Midwest or the desert west."

Like Terry Tempest Williams (Refuge), Norris understands how the boundary between inner and outer scenery begins to blur when one is fully present in the landscape of their lives. As a result, she offers the geography lesson we all longed for in school. This is a poetic, noble, and often funny (see her discussion on the foreign concept of tofu) tribute to Dakota, including its Native Americans, Benedictine monks, ministers and churchgoers, wind-weathered farmers, and all its plain folks who live such complicated and simple lives. --Gail Hudson

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