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Sisters: Catholic Nuns and the making of America
by John Fialka
Examines the role nuns have played in the building of American society, discussing how they became the nation's first group of independent professional women.
The Scent of God
by Beryl Bissell
In 1957, 18-year-old Bissell entered the monastery of the cloistered order of the Poor Clares in New Jersey. At 33, after falling in love with a priest, she left. The memoir details Bissell's lifelong love affair with God and decade-long love affair with an Italian priest, Vittoria Bosca.
Through the Narrow Gate
by Karen Armstrong
A former nun reveals the intimate details of her life within the enclosed world of an austere religious order.
The Tulip and the Pope: A Nun's Story
by Deborah Larsen
The author recalls her memories of convent life and her desire to give up all worldly thoughts and possessions in order to become a nun in 1960, and describes her decision not to take her final vows in 1965.
Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns
by Cheryl L. Reed
Cheryl Reed recounts the experiences she had while researching the lives of nuns and discusses how her research impacted her own spirituality and beliefs. From the cloister to the convent to the public arena, these women answer a host of intriguing questions about life, love, sex, prayer, faith, and spiritual empowerment.