Celibate: A Memoir


Product Details

$17.99  $16.73
Apprentice House
Publish Date
5.25 X 8.0 X 0.65 inches | 0.72 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Maria Giura, PhD, is also the author of What My Father Taught Me, a collection of memory poems, which was a finalist for the Paterson Book Prize. Her writing has appeared in several journals including Prime Number, Presence, VIA, Italian Americana, Ovunque Siamo, and Lips. She has won awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Center for Women Writers and is a judge for the Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize. Giura has taught Literature and Writing at St. John's University, Montclair State University, and Binghamton University where she earned her doctorate in English. She lives in NYC.


Maria Giura's Celibate is an impassioned portrait of a self in utter struggle over, and ambivalence about God, family, sex, and love. Giura exquisitely recounts her own soul-searing conflict, drawing the reader into the turbulence that was her life but also compelling the reader to believe that now, finally, she is on the right path, that now she has reached her truth and peace. An incredibly exhilarating read. -- Kathleen McCormick, author of Dodging Satan

Deeply human and finely wrought, Celibate is Giura's strikingly honest examination of her battle to hang onto her faith in the midst of trying to understand--and free herself from--her complex relationship with a Catholic priest. -- Michael Steinberg, author of Still Pitching:
A Memoir

A beautifully rendered and heartfelt look at the place that contemporary women have in the Roman Catholic Church
and one brave woman's struggle to reconcile her faith and sexuality in this context. -- Leslie Heywood, author of Pretty Good for a Girl

Celibate tells a different kind of vocation story. Vivid and passionate, it speaks to both the afflictions and the victory that can come from discerning and following God's voice. A gripping memoir from first to last page. -- Jana M. Bennett, author of Singleness and the Church: A New Theology of the Single Life

Celibate gives a poignant picture of the Church that most do not see. Priest, woman, and Church are tangled together in a romantic, forbidden web, and the boundaries between Church and society-at-large blur to the point of clear transparency. A must read for all, surely, and perhaps especially for Catholics and Italian Americans. -- Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute