Nadia Bolz-Weber is one of the authors featured in Lenoir-Rhyne’s Visiting Writers Series in 2015. She is a Lutheran pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Colorado. Bolz-Weber is the author of La Femme Nadia. In class, we read an excerpt from La Femme Nadia.
The excerpt is the very beginning of her book. Bolz-Weber is at a recovery center for alcoholism. She flashes back to her drinking and talks about what horrified her the most about it. Bolz-Weber then talks about herself as a teenager and how she liked how using drugs and exercising poor judgment felt to her. The story then comes back to the recover center. Margery starts talking about God and prayer. Bolz-Weber realizes that Margery’s way to staying sober is praying to God to help her.
I personally think that there are some similarities and differences in Bolz-Weber’s work compared to the other authors in Lenoir-Rhyne’s Visiting Writers Series. One in particular is Jesmyn Ward and her excerpt we read in class called Salvage the Bones. Both excerpts were about something that happened in the author’s life. The excerpts could be considered a memoir and use vivid details through metaphor and simile. Although there are a few similarities, there is one difference in writing style. Ward’s excerpt starts off as a young girl about the age of 8 and uses some “slang” language. Bolz-Weber’s excerpt is during her teenage years and is formal, for the most part, and uses a few cuss words. Both writing styles are similar and different but are unique.