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Unconventional Wisdom: Finding My Way Outside the Mainstream

by Kelly Norris

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As a child experiencing an unorthodox upbringing, author Kelly Norris dreams of Utopia. Yet at forty years old, she finds herself deep in debt, suffering from stress, and speeding through life without a destination. She longs to return to the values of her parents’ generation but doesn’t know where to start or how to stop the conveyor belt she’s on. One day in yoga class she gets the idea to find people living outside the mainstream, interview them, and see if they can help her forge a new path. As she conducts her interviews of, among others, a Sikh minister, a Rastafarian, and a member of an intentional community, Norris finds herself changing in ways that take her outside the mainstream: she simplifies her life and draws her loved ones closer together; she also reconnects with her spiritual core and reestablishes her relationship with nature.


ISBN: 978-1-947067-94-3 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
ISBN: 978-1-947067-95-0 (e-book)

LCCN: 2019947196

Released August 2019; Copyright 2019

162 pages


Kelly Norris is a teacher, mother, writer, activist, and yogi living in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her first book, Too White: A Journey into the Racial Divide, was published in 2018. A Teacher Consultant with the National Writing Project, Kelly has presented workshops on topics such as teaching for social justice, argument writing, and addressing privilege with privileged groups. She holds an MFA from Lesley University in creative nonfiction, and is currently working on a third book, a curriculum guide and reflection on teaching To Kill a Mockingbird with a critical lens.


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