Sacred Groves: Or, How a Cemetery Saved My Soul


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Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company
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5.51 X 0.59 X 8.5 inches | 0.74 pounds
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About the Author

Kathleen Davies earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University and taught English and Women's & Gender Studies for many years before retiring to write full time. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Imitation Fruit, Ray's Road Review, and South Loop Review, among other publications. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Lynn, and their incorrigible Welsh Corgi, Robby. Visit Katheen at


"Kathleen Davies' Sacred Groves: Or, How a Cemetery Saved My Soul is a singular odyssey, a spiritual journey that takes you through the maddening halls of academia and into the surprisingly healing graveyards of Ohio. With elegant prose, Davies crafts a beautiful memoir about diving into pain and coming out whole." -- Marcy Dermansky, author of The Red Car and Very Nice

"In search of angels, Kathleen Davies describes her evolution from the contempt she experienced in the secular groves of academe to the exultation she found in the sacred groves of a cemetery. We need voices like hers to assess the current state of the humanities. Even though I don't remember making graduate students cry, I am proud to be a character in her book." -- Susan Gubar, author most recently of Late-Life Love

"While experiencing 'death' in academia, Kathleen Davies finds herself inexplicably drawn to Victorian cemeteries. There she discovers the beauty of nature, images of female power, words that touch her heart, and at last, the buried child, herself. Her story of descent and return will open a way for others." -- Carol P. Christ, author of Goddess and God in the World and A Serpentine Path.

"Rarely do I have the opportunity to read a memoir written by a writer seduced by a cemetery....
Sacred Groves is an intriguing book by a creative writer and artist." -- Maureen Murdock, author of The Heroine's Journey: Woman's Quest for Wholeness