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Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns

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Surprising. Provocative. Honest.

For Unveiled, reporter Cheryl Reed interviewed more than 300 nuns of diverse beliefs, lifestyles, and orders. She lived and prayed with them, witnessed their vows, mourned and celebrated with them, and asked questions no one had ever dared before: about love and sex, life and death, faith and joy, and loss and regret. In the process, Reed would discover more about motherhood, relationships, faith, and feminism ...

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Overview

Surprising. Provocative. Honest.

For Unveiled, reporter Cheryl Reed interviewed more than 300 nuns of diverse beliefs, lifestyles, and orders. She lived and prayed with them, witnessed their vows, mourned and celebrated with them, and asked questions no one had ever dared before: about love and sex, life and death, faith and joy, and loss and regret. In the process, Reed would discover more about motherhood, relationships, faith, and feminism than she ever gleaned from the outside world.

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Journalist Reed (Chicago Sun-Times) undertook a four-year journey to visit as many religious houses, convents, hospitals, and schools as she could in order to immerse herself in the "nun world." Her quest-to discover why a woman would choose a peculiar lifestyle, community, and commitment that function against the prevailing culture-serves as the meat of this participant-observer account. Reed details dozens of interviews with sisters who run the gamut from cloistered, habited nuns to social-justice activists to pro-life clinic workers. Each short account provides small insights into the calling and rationale behind this seemingly countercultural movement. Reed provides the questions as well as the answers and analysis, which sometimes begs further exploration (for example, why are habited orders growing?). She also tends to valorize religious life without adequately critiquing its negative impacts on the family, society, or even the individuals themselves. The work is not a systematic, academic consideration of the issues but is shaped more by the author's journalistic curiosity than by anthropological research techniques. That said, it is a remarkably accessible, very readable account. Recommended for women's studies and popular religion collections everywhere.-Sandra Collins, Univ. of Pittsburgh Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425232385
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 813,121
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Cheryl L. Reed is a former editorial page editor, books editor, and reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and was previously a staff writer at several other newspapers.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue: Life Before the Nuns
Pt. 1 Community
1 Beyond Stereotype 3
2 Sisters in the 'Hood 26
Pt. 2 Obedience
3 Politics of the Habit 52
4 Sisters with Attitude 74
5 The Elastic Cloister 104
Pt. 3 Chastity
6 The Sensual Sisters 132
7 A Divine Intimacy 157
Pt. 4 Poverty
8 The Last of the Monjitas 183
9 Teaching on the Rez 211
10 Among the Down and Out in L.A. 235
Pt. 5 Spirituality
11 Spiritual Protests 259
12 The Mystic Mother Superior 279
13 Finding the Future, Seeing the Past 298
Epilogue: Life After the Nuns 323
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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Unexpected

    As a Catholic , this book provided an unexpected and fascinating view of a part of my church I rarely saw. I do wish the author had interviewed sisters from the missionaries of charity though.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Excellent Reading

    I love reading about religious life. Here is a whole book about nuns and their lives...current and informative.

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