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Cheryl L. Reed

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Connection to Illinois: Cheryl Reed is currently a metropolitan staff reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Biography: Cheryl L. Reed's articles have appeared in Time, U.S. News and World Report, Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine,, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, among others. She is the recipient of the Harvard University Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Edgar Allen Poe Award from the White House Correspondent Association. Ms. Reed is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism where she received her dual bachelorís degrees in news writing and photojournalism. She earned her masterís degree in journalism from the Ohio State University and is currently working on a masterís of fine arts degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. Ms. Reed has taught writing workshops and has been a visiting professor.


Cheryl L. Reed on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Unveiled :
ISBN: 9781101185728 OCLC: 656962550

Berkley Books, New York : 2010.

Unveiled :
ISBN: 0425200299 OCLC: 263421700

Berkley Books, New York : 2005, 2004.

What do nuns really think about life, death, love, sex, faith, friendship, guilt, regret, loss, motherhood, feminism, and the modern world and all its conveniences and luxuries? To answer these questions, award-winning journalist Cheryl L. Reed interviewed more than 300 nuns from a wide variety of orders -- and with divergent beliefs. She lived with them, observed their daily lives, and participated in silent worship. She witnessed their vow ceremonies, mourned with them, celebrated and drank beer with them. They welcomed questions no one had ever dared ask before. In the end the nuns that Reed approached with suspicion and curiosity ended up teaching her more about motherhood, relationships, and feminism than she ever gleaned from the outside world. In Unveiled, Reed has succeeded in opening up the doors to a once closed world -- one often misrepresented and almost always misunderstood -- to present nuns not as stoic icons of secrecy and ritual but simply as women who have chosen an independent path, and who now offer themselves as guides to their fascinating, surprising, and enlightening interior lives. -- Publisher description.