American Saint: The Life of Elizabeth Setonby Joan Barthel, Maya Angelou
Pub. Date: 03/04/2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
In this riveting biography of Elizabeth Seton critically acclaimed and bestselling author Joan Barthel tells the mesmerizing story of a woman whose life featured wealth and poverty, passion and sorrow, love and loss. Elizabeth was born into a prominent New York City family in 1774. Her father was the chief health officer for the Port of New York and she lived down
In this riveting biography of Elizabeth Seton critically acclaimed and bestselling author Joan Barthel tells the mesmerizing story of a woman whose life featured wealth and poverty, passion and sorrow, love and loss. Elizabeth was born into a prominent New York City family in 1774. Her father was the chief health officer for the Port of New York and she lived down the block from Alexander Hamilton. She danced at George Washington's sixty-fifth Birthday Ball wearing cream slippers, monogrammed. Catholicism was illegal in New York when she was born; Catholic priests seen in the city were arrested, sometimes hung. When Elizabeth and her wealthy husband Will sailed to Italy in a doomed attempt to cure his tuberculosis, she and her family were quarantined in a damp dungeon. And when Elizabeth later became a Catholic, she was so scorned that people talked of burning down her house. American Saint is the inspiring story of a brave woman who forged the way for the other women who followed and who made a name for herself in a world entirely ruled by men. Elizabeth resisted male clerical control of her religious order, as nuns are doing today, and the publication of her story could not be more timely. Maya Angelou has contributed the foreword.
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I feel the author should be more of a historian than a writer about a saint. To much history for me. Other than that a good book when she talks about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
interesting story of Ameruica's first saint and her hardships.
I have not finished reading this book yet, but I am thoroughly enjoying. I purchased the book because my parish is St Elizabeth Ann Seton. Over many years, I have read about this saint but never read any in depth family history. I am learning so much about this saint. Mostly we hear about her coming to the US, her husband who died and then she started a school. This book is very in depth, informing you about her childhood, marriage and then into what she accomplished. She had many challenges in her childhood that I had never known. Anyone interested in really being informed about the background of this saint will enjoy this book.