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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Norris brings the joy of faith, and the struggles of being a person of faith in the present world into context. She is witty and well grounded in her understanding of life.Published 14 months ago by Rev, R. Glenn Ball
I already ownned Kathleen Norris' ACEDIA AND ME, a book I cherish.
DAKOTA, written fifteen years earlier, did not disappoint, but drew me into a physical and spiritual... Read more
I wasn't sure I'd like Dakota because my spirituality leans toward activism rather than asceticism. Kathleen Norris, however, in her elegant, steady way, encourages reflection and... Read morePublished on July 15 2003 by Mary J. Cartledgehayes
When I read this book my expectations were high and remained on that level for the first 20 pages. After that I realized this book is less a realistic description of what life in... Read morePublished on March 31 2003 by Florian Gast
If you wish to find answers to questions you didn't know you had simply read this book. What a wonderful, realistic description of this region, the people and life!
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Norris is quite amazing, having overcome the natural fault of looking at the world through her previous pre-conceptions...i.e. Read morePublished on July 23 2002 by Richard R. Carlton
While I thought the author had a nice handle on the English language her over-riding theme seemed to be a comparison of life on the Plains with Benedectine Monks. Read morePublished on May 21 2002 by Ronald Brown
The subtitle here is "a spiritual geography" -- the book is roughly 20 percent northern prairie geography and 80 percent Norris' fascination with asceticism and monasticism. Read morePublished on April 8 2002 by Wesley L. Janssen