'Solace' is a book about obsession and release, and the lifelong search for balance in a world revolving around appetite and acceleration. Written in short, beautifully crafted pieces, the book carries the reader through Sojourner's life, from a restrained Catholic childhood to the excesses of her generation, through motherhood and divorce to her quiet, solitary existence in the Southwest, where she has learned the importance of living at the right pace. Sojourner's voice is as compelling on the page as it is on the radio - lively, funny, moving, combining the outspoken out-of-stepness of Anne Lamott with the environmental activism and poetic prose of Terry Tempest Williams. In chapters with titles such as 'God is coming and she is pissed' and 'How to leave - leave', her vivid personality, passion, and sense of humor come through. This is a book for women everywhere - those who recognize their own truths in Mary's life and younger readers who will find inspiration in her hard-won wisdom.