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Nothing: Something to Believe In

July 23, 2008
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


“What is it like to grow up in a house with no religion? What kind of experience does someone have when one is not 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 not?

These are the questions raised in the memoir Nothing. With humor, 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 “nothing” is a philosophy to be embraced rather than feared.

Nothing is an appealing, sensitively written story that offers hope, humor and reason to millions of similar Americans who feel alienated in an ever more religiously polarized nation.”

Copies of Nothing: Something to Believe In will be available for purchase at the event.  Nica Lalli will be available following the event for a book signing.

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Nica Lalli

Art Educator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Nica Lalli is an art educator working with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She also writes a weekly column in the Brooklyn Paper. She is the author of Nothing: Something to Believe In her newly published and recently acclaimed memoir of growing up nonreligious. In her memoir she also explores how to relate to devout relatives, the need to “come out” as a nonbeliever, and what she does believe in, if she doesn’t believe in God.