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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: CONTENTS ix Preface 1 The Beautiful Places 13 Weather Report: January 17 14 Deserts 25 Weather Report: February 10 26 Dakota: Or, Gambling, Garbage, and the New Ghost Dance 39 Patagonia 42 A Starfish in Mott 44 Weather Report: March 25 45 Gatsby on the Plains 65 Weather Report: April 14 66 Closed In 69 The Holy Use of Gossip 78 Weather Report: May 19 79 Can You Tell the Truth in a Small Town? 89 Weather Report: June 30 90 Ghosts: A History 102 Evidence of Failure 104 Shadows 'n'Owls: A Message from Jim Sullivan 105 Cana 107 Where I Ambull;124 Star-Time 126 Frontier 135 How I Came to Drink My Grandmother's Piano 136 Status: Or, Should Farmers Read Plato? 142 Weather Report: July 3 143 Rain 145 Sea Change 154 God Is in the Details: Shortgrass 155 Seeing 159 Weather Report: August 9 160 Getting to Hope 177 In the Open 180 Blessing 182 Weather Report: September 3 183 My Monasticism 188 God Is in the Details: Winter Wheat 189 Weather Report: October 2 191 Is It You, Again? 204 Weather Report: November 2 205 Dust 207 Monks at Play 218 Blue 219 Weather Report: December 4 220 Weather Report: December 7 221 Acknowledgments 223 Notes 227 Reader's Guide 231 A Conversation with Kathleen Norris. Bookseller Inventory #

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A beautiful meditation on life in the Great Plains from award-winning author and poet Kathleen Norris.

 

Kathleen Norris invites readers to experience rich moments of prayer and presence in Dakota, a timeless tribute to a place in the American landscape that is at once desolate and sublime, harsh and forgiving, steeped in history and myth. In thoughtful, discerning prose, she explores how we come to inhabit the world we see, and how that world also inhabits us. Her voice is a steady assurance that we can, and do, chart our spiritual geography wherever we go.

Review: 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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