The Book of Wanderings: A Mother-Daughter Pilgrimage

The Book of Wanderings: A Mother-Daughter Pilgrimage

by Kimberly Meyer


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ISBN-13: 9780316251211
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Kimberly Meyer holds a doctoral degree in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston, where she was the recipient of several fellowships and grants. Her essays have appeared widely in magazines and journals and have been anthologized in the Best American Travel Writing. She teaches literature courses in the Great Books at the University of Houston, and lives in that thriving, multicultural city of no zoning with her husband and daughters.

Table of Contents

I Genesis

New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Frankfurt, Ulm

In the Chapel of Miraculous Healing 3

Pilgrims and Strangers 8

Departure from Home, Wherever That May Be 38

II Illustrations of the Unseen World: Venice

Imago Mundi 61

The Body Is Such a Strange Home 72

In the Pause Between Two Eternities 87

III Landscape With the Fall of Icarus: Dalmatian Coast, Greece, Cyprus

In the World As at Sea 103

Our Lady of Medjugorje 118

Landscape Without Divinity 134

Putting the Leaves in Order 151

IV Om Phalos: Holy Land

In the Courtyard of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher 167

On the Jericho Road 176

A Brief for the Defense 189

The Way 197

Looking for the Field of Damascus 212

The Pools of Bethesda 224

V Into the Void Sinai Desert

Prelude to the Wilderness 235

What the Desert Said 251

Translations 266

Revelation 280

The People of the Garden 295

VI Paradise, Wherever That May Be Cairo, Alexandria

Leviathan 309

The Place of the Cure of the Soul 33

Epilogue: Home

The Kingdom Within You 343

Acknowledgments 349

A Note on Sources 350

Credits 352

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The Book of Wanderings: A Mother-Daughter Pilgrimage 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 loved this book. It is a memoir of travel but also a memoir of a life as a mother. I haven't read many books that address the tension between the beloved routines of domestic life and the longing for a life unbound by routine, but this book captures what I think so many of us feel. The book is also an adventure story and an entirely believable one--funny, sad, and suspenseful. The adventures revolve around travel to places that seem dangerous--the Holy Land, Croatia, Cyprus, the Sinai--but there is also adventure in the spiritual experiences that accompany the traveling. I think that many women will see themselves in this book and be inspired by it. I know I was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kimberly Meyer seamlessly weaves together the deeply intimate and the historical in this wonderful memoir. She tells the story of coming to terms with the bohemian life of exploration she longed for (but was unable to experience because of the responsibilities of motherhood) and transports the reader alongside her as she retraces the steps of a medieval Dominican friar with her eldest daughter, Ellie. Meyer’s personal exploration of questions that are at the very core of the human experience and her reflections on traveling alike are bound to resonate with many. A must read. 
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