The Spiral Staircase
is a memoir by former nun Karen Armstrong. Armstrong tells what led her to leave the faith, then explains the after effects of trying to learn to live in the ordinary world after the cloistered life in the church. She is a stranger in a strange land, without church support, once she makes the decision to leave. She decides to become a scholar, experiences a breakdown, attempts suicide, and finds a way to put her own life together in the end. Riveting. Click here to find this book on our Online Card Catalog.