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Nothing: Something to Believe in

by Nica Lalli

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I'm the choir that Lalli's preaching to with this book; I'm a nonbeliever married to a nonbeliever, raising a passel of nonbelieving spawn. Unlike me, though, Lalli did not come easily to atheism. Though she's never been a theist, she has struggled mightily with feeling that she should believe. The guilt got really boring in pretty short order. Lalli's a painter by vocation, not a writer. Her sentences are short and choppy, and there's little narrative flow. Give it a miss. ( )
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What is it like to grow up in a house with no religion? What kind of experiences does someone have when one is not a believer and yet comes into constant contact with religion? How can a person find out what they are when they focus primarily on what they are not? These are the questions raised in the memoir "Nothing". With humour, wit, and poignant insight, Nica Lalli recounts her mishaps and misadventures with religion from early childhood into her adult years. As a questioning child, unsure of her idea of God, then a teenager feeling like an outsider, and finally an adult mother confronted by her husband's born-again Christian family and questions from her own children, Nica vividly describes her struggle to find out what kind of "something" she really is. In the end, the author finds that "nothing" is a philosophy to be embraced rather than feared. "Nothing" is an appealing, sensitively written story that offers hope, humour, and reason to millions of similar Americans who feel alienated in an ever more religiously polarised nation.

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