What is it like to grow up in a house with religion? What kind of experiences does someone have when one is t 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 t? 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 thing 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.
Nica Lalli (Brooklyn, NY) is a freelance art educator working with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Student and Family offsite and outreach programs and with Access Coordination providing services for visitors with disabilities. She has a weekly column in the Brooklyn Paper, Park Slope edition. Visit her Web site at www.nicalalli.com.Read selections from Nothing by clicking here.