Nicole Hardy to read and sign 'Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin' Sept. 14
Browseabout Books announces a reading and book signing with Nicole Hardy, author of "Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin."
In this funny, intimate, and thoughtful memoir, Hardy explores how she came, at the age of 35, to a crossroads regarding her faith and her identity. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hardy held an absolute conviction in her Mormon faith during her childhood and throughout her 20s. But as she aged out of the church’s singles ward and entered her 30s, she struggled to merge the adventurous life she envisioned for herself with the one the church prescribed, where all women are called to be mothers, and the role of homemaker is the emphatic ideal.
"Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin" chronicles the extraordinary lengths Hardy went to in an attempt to reconcile her very human needs with her spiritual life, including flying across the country and sailing the high seas to meet men she found on LDSsingles.com, taking salsa classes to meet her need for physical contact and even moving to Grand Cayman, where the ocean provided some peace and solace. Yet neither these secular pursuits nor LDS guidance could help Hardy prepare for the dilemma she would eventually face: a crisis of faith that would cause her to question everything she had grown up believing.
Single, happily childless and still a virgin at 35, Hardy must grapple with the agonizing decision to trade her traditions and her spiritual center for a chance at life and love free from stifling cultural expectations. In the tradition of the memoirs "Devotion" and "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress," "Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin" is a mesmerizing and wholly relatable account of one woman’s hard-won mission to find love, acceptance and happiness on her own terms.
The event will take place at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 at Browseabout Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.