Looking for Mary : Or, the Blessed Mother and Me (Paperback)

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A conversion story told by a recognizable girl-like-you-and-me narrator, an irreverent look at the "cult of Mary", and a genuinely moving memoir, "Looking for Mary" is the story of one woman's stumble from darkness into the light.


Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9780140196276
SKU 30758509
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0140196277
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.5H x 5L x 0.5T
" LOOKING FOR MARY is strange, but not without a kooky charm. Believers may be baffled by its placement of the Madonna on the Trinity's already crowded throne. Nonbelievers will be baffled, period. Maybe the in-between's, those of you who don't know what you believe, will profit from reading the Book of Beverly."
"Never pious and preachy, her self-deprecating humor is textured with wry flashbacks to her wild youth. The Donofrio whose RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS immortalized her experience as an unwed teenage mother in the '60s has become a woman grown wise with time and trouble."
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Excerpt I am lying in bed shivering under the covers in a small Bosnian village where millions, maybe even billions, believe the Virgin Mary has been appearing for the past sixteen years. The recurring apparitions have become a magnet for believers from around the world. I, too, am here to see. I am on a silent fasting retreat with forty-nine zealous Catholics and haven't spoken or eaten anything besides bread and tea for days with the hope that if we are hungry enough, we will fill with God. And now, I guess because those deprivations are not enough, the wind just blew out the lights, and I'm stunned by the appropriateness of the symbolism: I may be on a religious retreat, but I am left in the dark.
Annotation Beverly Donofrio has been won over: what began as a fetish for kitsch became a journalistic foray into Mary sightings for NPR and finally evolved into a personal rediscovery of faith. LOOKING FOR MARY is the memoir of Donofrio's spiritual journey to Mary's altar; the memory-trips that reach back through her acutely atheistic history are juxtaposed with quick and quirky pilgrimage documentaries and fasting-induced revelatory musings from the Bosnian mecca, Medjugorje.
First Line Six years before I landed in Bosnia, the Virgin Mary was no more than a dim memory, another fairy tale from my childhood as I sat in my rocker day after day, heartbroken over a man, but really over my life, which I thought of as pathetically impoverished.
Editors Note In an irreverent but inspiring spiritual memoir, the author of Riding in Cars with Boys describes how, at the age of forty--feeling guilty over her neglect of a grown son and uncertain of her own path in life--she became devoted to the Virgin Mary, explaining how a hobby collecting statues of the Virgin Mary became a transforming journey into the light. Reprint.
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Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0246
Publisher Compass Books (NJ)

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