Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin: A Memoir

Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin: A Memoir

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by Nicole Hardy
     
 

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When Nicole Hardy’s eye-opening “Modern Love” column appeared in the New York Times, the response from readers was overwhelming. Hardy’s essay, which exposed the conflict between being true to herself as a woman and remaining true to her Mormon faith, struck a chord with women coast-to-coast.

Now in her funny, intimate, and

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When Nicole Hardy’s eye-opening “Modern Love” column appeared in the New York Times, the response from readers was overwhelming. Hardy’s essay, which exposed the conflict between being true to herself as a woman and remaining true to her Mormon faith, struck a chord with women coast-to-coast.

Now in her funny, intimate, and thoughtful memoir, Nicole Hardy explores how she came, at the age of thirty-five, to a crossroads regarding her faith and her identity. During her childhood and throughout her twenties, Nicole held absolute conviction in her faith. But as she aged out of the Church’s “singles ward” and entered her thirties, she struggled to merge the life she envisioned for herself with the Mormon ideal of homemaker, wife, and mother.

Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin chronicles the extraordinary lengths Nicole went to in an attempt to reconcile her human needs with her spiritual life—flying across the country for dates with Mormon men, taking up salsa dancing as a source for physical contact, even moving to Grand Cayman, where the ocean and scuba diving provided some solace. But neither secular pursuits nor church guidance could help Nicole prepare for the dilemma she would eventually face: a crisis of faith that caused her to question everything she’d grown up believing.

In the tradition of the memoirs Devotion and Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin is a mesmerizing and wholly relatable account of one woman’s hard-won mission to find love, acceptance, and happiness—on her own terms.

Editorial Reviews

Suzanne Morrison
"Nicole Hardy is a bold, hilarious writer with a winning story to tell. In Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin, she takes us inside a religious culture she deeply respects, one that gave her a happy childhood and a loving family, but which, as she grows, demands that she squeeze her larger-than-life personality into a petite, conventional gender role. Her struggle between trying to be the woman her community expects her to become and her growing conviction that she must be herself, is one I won't soon forget. This is a book full of love, heartache, courage and adventure, and the terrors and thrills of claiming your one life."
Booklist
"[An] achingly candid memior"
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"Nicole Hardy is a bold, hilarious writer with a winning story to tell. In Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin, she takes us inside a religious culture she deeply respects, one that gave her a happy childhood and a loving family, but which, as she grows, demands that she squeeze her larger-than-life personality into a petite, conventional gender role. Her struggle between trying to be the woman her community expects her to become and her growing conviction that she must be herself, is one I won't soon forget. This is a book full of love, heartache, courage and adventure, and the terrors and thrills of claiming your one life."—Suzanne Morrison, author of Yoga Bitch"

Candid and insightful [a] captivating memior"—Publisher's Weekly"

[An] achingly candid memior"—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480540057
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Nicole Hardy's nonfiction has been published in the U.S. and Australia, and selected as “notable” in 2012’s Best American Essays. Her poetry collections include This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl’s XX Guide to Facial Profiling. Visit her at nicolehardy.com for updates on events, readings, and publications.

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Confessions of a Latter Day Virgin 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's been two weeks since I finished this story and it has stayed with me in every possible delicious way. I find myself thinking of a moment or story from time to time and almost wanting to know even more than Nicole already so charismatically and vulnerably shared. I'm also telling everyone I know with a pulse to get this. You don't even have to read it! I bought the book and then realized I had a two-day road trip coming up so I purchased the audio book as well and basically had the  best two day road trip I've ever had. We were mesmerized by the story, the guts, the way Nicole pulled us so deeply into her struggle in a beautiful, artfully funny and heartbreaking way. I feel blessed to have heard the story in her own voice as well, the resonance added to the journey is exquisite. This book, the author, her words and story have touched me in a myriad of ways and I can't wait for the movie and I can't wait for more from Nicole!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I like to get people laughing, and then punch them in the stomach." It's not as sadistic as it sounds, but Hardy's not foolin'; She will get you laughing, then punch you in the stomach. The thing is, you keep coming back for more because Nicole Hardy is a fantastic storyteller. With a carefully-crafted balance of wit and guts, she relates her experience in a way that is clever and charming, yet aches with stark vulnerability. Exquisitely written, and a joy to read -- Sucker punches and all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting, thought provoking memoir.  There are so many people that I think need and should read this book.   It helps you realize that you are not alone in your struggles others are going through the same thing the subject matter may just be a little different.  This is a memoir of one woman's coming of age when her age is her downfall It also helps you realize that sidelong comments may NOT always be as helpful as you think. Oh and keep the  tissues close.