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Dakota: A Spiritual Geography (Paperback)

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I've never been to the Dakotas and I am not Catholic, yet I couldn't put this book down. Norris's observations of the landscape she is steeped in, and its inhabitants, is mesmerizing. Living in a smaller town myself, I can relate to and appreciate her musings on the people-dynamics, as well as the importance geography plays in one's life living in a quieter place. I recommend this to readers of Berry, Merton, Basho, and the like.

— From Elise


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.

About the Author

Kathleen Norris is the author of two books of poetry, Falling Off (1971) and The Middle of the World (1981) and has received awards from the Guggenheim and Bush foundations. She lives in Lemmon, South Dakota, with her husband.

Praise For…

"Deeply moving." The New York Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780618127245
ISBN-10: 0618127240
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: April 6th, 2001
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Dakotas
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