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Nuns Having Fun

by Maureen Kelly

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I expected irreverent pictures of nuns in compromising situations. What I got was a book that showed nuns having fun in ways not usually associated with nuns. The captions were humorous, often plays on words, but nothing that I think would be offensive except to the most conservative Catholics. I think this made nuns more accessible, showing them to be real people who like to try new things like roller-skating, playing ball with kids, and joining carnival games. The book had pictures of nuns having fun at conferences or other gatherings with nuns from other monastics; you can tell by the different habits they wore. I had no idea how many different types of habits and how diverse and elaborate they can be. There was an diagram explaining he different parts of the habit and illustrations depicting a few unusual ones complete with the order that wears each. The photos were interspersed with humorous asides but again nothing I found sacrilegious. For example there was a list (with photos) of famous nuns in film and TV; a list of famous powerful women who would make good nuns for their stalwart attitudes and factoids and statistics about things such as numbers of nuns now compared with a few decades ago and how that compares to the number of Catholics, and the order of nuns that has grown exponentially. All in all I was pleasantly surprised, especially since I learned something! ( )
  maybedog | Apr 5, 2013 |
I expected irreverent pictures of nuns in compromising situations. What I got was a book that showed nuns having fun in ways not usually associated with nuns. The captions were humorous, often plays on words, but nothing that I think would be offensive except to the most conservative Catholics. I think this made nuns more accessible, showing them to be real people who like to try new things like roller-skating, playing ball with kids, and joining carnival games. The book had pictures of nuns having fun at conferences or other gatherings with nuns from other monastics; you can tell by the different habits they wore. I had no idea how many different types of habits and how diverse and elaborate they can be. There was an diagram explaining he different parts of the habit and illustrations depicting a few unusual ones complete with the order that wears each. The photos were interspersed with humorous asides but again nothing I found sacrilegious. For example there was a list (with photos) of famous nuns in film and TV; a list of famous powerful women who would make good nuns for their stalwart attitudes and factoids and statistics about things such as numbers of nuns now compared with a few decades ago and how that compares to the number of Catholics, and the order of nuns that has grown exponentially. All in all I was pleasantly surprised, especially since I learned something! ( )
  maybedog | Apr 5, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0761150412, Paperback)

Hallelujah, it's a book! After proving itself to be the "funniest calendar of the year" (according to Gene Shalit), "irresistible" (USA Weekend), and "habit-forming" (Maxim magazine), the Nuns Having Fun calendar has inspired Nuns Having Fun, a book of endearing nuttiness.

Catholic kitsch doesn't get any funnier. Written by Maureen Kelly and Jeffrey Stone, pitch-perfect co-authors of the nuns calendar and the New York Times bestseller Growing Up Catholic, Nuns Having Fun features hundreds of sisters in full habit, cutting loose and having a hoot. Here are nuns in the surf ("This is even more fun than walking on water"), nuns in bumper cars ("We brake for Jesus"), nuns in a beer hall ("Ale Marys"), and nuns in the museum, huddled in front of a study of nudes ("It's okay to open your eyes. Sister Wendy says it's art"). There are nuns on skates, at bat, at the theater, skeet shooting (nuns with guns!), even hitting the slots (you know it's for a good cause). The 125 images are from the 1950s and '60s, black-and-white and possessing a pure retro charm; the written material is all-new. Drawing on their years as parochial school students, the authors explore the lore and legends surrounding nuns, including Favorite Punishments from Nuns, Nuns Say the Darndest Things, How to Recognize a Nun After Vatican II, a Wimple Watch, and List of People Who Could Have Been Nuns.

As Sister says, "To err is human. To laugh is divine."

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