For parents who consider themselves spiritual, transmitting their spirituality—or at least an appreciation of spirituality and a sense of God and ethical behavior—to their children presents a serious challenge. CARETAKING A NEW SOUL is a collection of writings on parenting that brings together ideas, suggestions, practices, and advice from parents of diverse beliefs. Each section focuses on different periods in the lives of parents and children—beginning with pregnancy and birth, to infancy and childhood, to adolescence. Suggestions for ceremonies and rituals to mark special times are included.
Anne Carson was twice a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; was honored with the 1996 Lannan Award and the 1997 Pushcart Prize, both for poetry; and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. In 2001 she received the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry–the first woman to do so; the Griffin Poetry Prize;and the Los Angeles TimesBook Prize. She currently teaches at the University of Michigan.