Kathleen Norris – Intro Reading Guide

July 27, 2017


This week marked the 70th birthday of poet and memoirist.  In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to her work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

7. The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica


For something completely different than all the above books, try this book for children, co-created with noted illustrator Tomie DePaola.

Norris offers a moving text to accompany beloved artist Tomie dePaola’s strikingly beautiful frescolike paintings in the dramatic and inspiring story of two miraculous, yet very human siblings.




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Image Credit: From the cover to the excellent book Embracing a Life of Meaning: Kathleen Norris on Discovering What Matters… (Buy it now!)