A Memoir

Book - 2010
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In this spiritual detective story, Shapiro explores the varieties of experience she has pursued--from the rituals of her black hat Orthodox Jewish relatives to yoga "shalas" and meditation retreats--and the surprisingly joyful quest she undertook to find meaning in a constantly changing world.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061628344
Branch Call Number: 818.5403 Sha
Characteristics: 245 p. ; 22 cm.


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MaxineML Dec 02, 2014

A lush and lyrical exploration of what faith, prayer, meaning and soul-searching can be.

Shapiro is a wonderful writer, and you can feel her love, ambivalence, and struggle for faith come through in all of the very short chapters she has broken this book up into.

I connected with her struggle, and her search for a faith within a religion that doesn't always have room for those who doubt. Her description of going to a family function and feeling wildly out of place really resonated for me.

I feel like the description of the book didn't do it justice. Shapiro never really seems to doubt that she is Jewish, and Jewish is what she should be. What she struggles with is how to connect her Jewishness to her feeling of Jewishness and practice of it. Her adoption of yoga, mindfulness and meditation do not make this a "multi-faith" work, because I don't feel that she used those tools as Buddhist, but rather to better engage with herself and her ambivalence with her family, her history and her religion.

A wonderful memoir. I truly enjoyed it.


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