Beverly Donofrio - Astonished

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 1:00pm
Beverly Donofrio had already lived two lives, first as a scrappy young mother on the streets of the East Village and later as the bestselling author of Riding in Cars with Boys. By the time she reached her fifties, she thought she had seen it all. Now, even though she was living in a vibrant, picturesque Mexican town, where she practiced yoga, drank margaritas in her backyard, and took salsa lessons, she felt lost and was searching for monasteries to visit. Then one night she woke to find a rapist holding a knife to her throat. So begins Astonished: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace, and Solace ($25.95), a memoir that charts Donofrio’s journey—a long and twisting road through denial, mourning, anger, vulnerability, and retreat at five very different monasteries.

Beverly Donofrio’s first memoir, Riding in Cars with Boys, has been translated into sixteen languages and made into a popular motion picture. Her second memoir, Looking for Mary, began as a documentary on NPR. She lived for four years as a lay Carmelite at Nada Hermitage in Colorado, where she began this book.

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera
us
ISBN: 9780670025756
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Viking Books - March 7th, 2013

A bestselling memoirist bravely tells the story of the night evil paid her a visit—and how prayer chased evil away

Beverly Donofrio had already lived two lives, first as a scrappy young mother on the streets of the East Village and later as the bestselling author of Riding in Cars with Boys. By the time she reached her fifties, she thought she had seen it all.