Damnation Island Update

I just updated the Events page with a few new events that have been scheduled for my book. I also learned that there’s going to be a review of my book in the New York Times on July 1!! Getting a review in the Times is a big deal and I am SO excited!! This is everything I’d hoped for. Except me being me, I’m terrified about getting a bad review. I’m going to be a complete and absolute wreck until it comes out. Ohgod, ohgod, ohgod. But YAY!!

I didn’t have my camera with me so I didn’t get a great shot, but I was walking behind these nuns yesterday, and it made me realize I never see nuns anymore. Researching the history of one nun for my book made me reflect on nuns I have known. Not a lot of them, and they could be terrifying, but they were also great teachers. It made me sad to think of them disappearing. Come back nuns! Church: be more supportive of them!!

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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8 thoughts on “Damnation Island Update

  1. This photo blows me away…. 5 nuns that appear to be walking on air! (Maybe floating in to save us all from the evil one in the white house.) I love contrast in pictures and the black against the washed out background lends itself to the imagination of the viewer. I love it. It would make a terrific painting.

    Huge honor to be reviewed in the NYT. Very cool!

  2. I really think it’s a bicycle–see Sister’s right hand–but I’d rather they were hula hoops or drums. And I forgot to congratulate you on the NYT review.

  3. When people ask why I love being Catholic, “nuns” are always one of the top reasons. Particularly nuns who do things like protest the School of the Americas:
    http://soaw.org/component/content/article/79/2817
    The church totally needs to be more supportive of its nuns. Also needs to have women priests. But that’s a fight for another day.

    I have written “review NYT July 1” in my calendar so I make sure to go read the review of your book right away. That is SO EXCITING!

  4. As a kid, I thought nuns were interesting, based on books like The Nun’s Story, where the nun in question was a medical professional. Also, the fact that they wore a uniform was intriguing; they never had to worry about what to wear. I also thought life in an abbey was attractive, if it was a self-sustaining abbey with gardens and chickens and things. A Stoic existence.

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