The Bishop's Daughter: A Memoir

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 365 pages
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Paul Moore's vocation as an Episcopal priest took him—with his wife Jenny and a family that grew to nine children—from robber-baron wealth to work among the urban poor of postwar America, prominence as an activist bishop in Washington during the Johnson years, leadership in the civil rights and peace movements, and two decades as the bishop of New York. The Bishop's Daughter is a daughter's story of that complex, visionary man: a chronicle of her turbulent relationship with a father who struggled privately with his sexuality while she openly explored hers, and a searching account of the consequences of sexual secrets. With a depth of questioning that recalls James Carroll's An American Requiem, this memoir engages the reader in the great issues of American life: war, race, family, sexuality, and faith.
 

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THE BISHOP'S DAUGHTER: A Memoir

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A powerful memoir of life with an accomplished but secretly tortured father.Born to wealth and privilege, a graduate of the country's finest schools and a decorated veteran of Guadalcanal, Paul Moore ... Read full review

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Honor and I are the same age, and I found myself tracking with her on all the familial, churchly, priestly observations that she made in the course of her book. As a priest and a gay man, I ... Read full review

Contents

Prophets Chamber
21
Guadalcanal
34
Inseparable
47
Holy Matrimony
61
Firstborn
77
Becoming a Priest
92
My Jersey City
105
FourinHand
119
Killing Me Softly
231
Art and Life
247
Women and the Kingdom
263
Discovery
281
Wayfarers
298
Andrew Verver
314
Complexity
328
Footsteps
341

The Oldest
135
Light and Dark
155
Thou Shalt Not
169
In Public
187
Eager
202
The Family Cracks Open
217
NOTES
355
A NOTE ON SOURCES
359
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
361
PHOTOGRAPHS
363
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Honor Moore is a poet and the author of The Bishop’s Daughter. She lives in New York City and teaches at the New School and Columbia University.

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