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Now in paperback, and with a new preface, Julia Kasdorf's The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life investigates the often difficult relationships among writing, community, and belief. In the ten essays collected here--presented in relation to poetry as well as photographs and other illustrations--Kasdorf draws on family stories, historical documentation, and he...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Penn State University Press (first published July 31st 2009)
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Shirley Showalter
I'm not sure why I took so long to read this book. Since it is a collection of essays and poems, I had read pieces of it in other places. But last month I decided to read it from beginning to end.

In the process, I recognized that Julia Spicher Kasdorf is to U.S. Mennonite writers what Emerson was to American poetry. Not only did she break through layers and layers of resistance to voice in her own poems, she has also offered theoretical, even theological, frameworks that call forth the work of a...more
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