More Travels in Search of the Saintly

By Mary Lea Carroll

November 2020

Hardcover | $19.95
ISBN 9781945551895
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ISBN 9781945551901

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Saint Everywhere
Hardcover ISBN 9781945551567
ebook ISBN 9781945551574


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In Search of More Saints

The author of Saint Everywhere is answering the call from fans for more reports from her quest to learn from some quietly extraordinary women—and a man or two—who have changed the world. Mary Lea Carroll travels to shrines and hometowns to learn about such amazing people as Saint Marie of Quebec, who founded the first girls’ school in the New World; philanthropist-turned-saint Katherine Drexel of Philadelphia; Saint Brigid, a patron saint of Ireland; Sudanese native Saint Josephine Bakhita, who ended up living in Venice, Italy; and Pierre Touissant, the 19th-century slave-turned-hairdresser in New York City who is in the process of being canonized. In between her travels, Mary Lea connects with everyday heroes she encounters in her daily life, all inspiring her to be a better citizen of the world.

About the Author

photo by Dana Bouton

Mary Lea Carroll is the author of Saint Everywhere, a PEOPLE Pick. Before raising children, she worked in travel, in the theater, and in Hollywood. While raising her children, she taught children’s creative writing and helped her husband in his motion-picture advertising business. A storyteller and a contributor to the book Hometown Pasadena and a graduate of San Francisco State, she is a lifelong resident of Pasadena, California.


Mary Lea Carroll reads from and discusses Somehow Saints with National Christ Child Society Board President Molly Fanning. Click here to watch!

A lovely article by Heather King about Mary Lea’s quest for the saints. Read it now from Angelus News.

About the Illustrator

Joe Rohde is an executive designer at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Praise for Somehow Saints

“Carroll’s breezy writing and warm voice make her a pleasure to spend time with, and the episodic nature of this sequel makes it easy to set down and come back to… An excellent pick for readers seeking inspiration, humor and a fun way to armchair travel.”

Carroll travels throughout North America and Europe in search of ‘more saints [and] more fun stories’ in this enjoyable follow-up to 2019’s Saint Everywhere… these insightful, enjoyable profiles work as a breezy survey of the modern history of sainthood.”
Publishers Weekly

“An absolutely wonderful book. Mary Lea Carroll approaches these saints and saints-to-be with a loving curiosity, and she has a gift for making them totally relatable in the 21st century. She is the perfect traveling companion, and most of the sites she visits are in North America and easily accessible via rail or road. An added advantage: The book’s compact size makes it easy to tuck into a purse or backpack—or, for that matter, a Christmas stocking.”
Sarah Gallick, author of The Big Book of Women Saints

“From history to the modern day, these uplifting stories of holy and ordinary people provide refreshing levity and hope for our dark times.”
Rachel Pieh Jones, author of Stronger than Death: How Annalena Tonelli Defied Terror and Tuberculosis in the Horn of Africa  

“Mary Lea Carroll’s Somehow Saints sets sail from where her last book, Saint Everywhere, came to shore, embarking on another wondrous journey visiting real saints and lay saints—folks all around us living heroically large and small lives…. Somehow Saints is a pocketbook of miracles for these times.”
Jane Kaczmarek, actress and star of Malcolm in the Middle

“You won’t even realize how much you’re learning because you’ll be having such a good time.”
Chris Erskine, author of Daditude

A gem of a book.”
Lian Dolan, author of The Sweeney Sisters

“Wit, warmth, and heart.”
Heather King, author of Holy Desperation

Praise for Saint Everywhere

A People Magazine Pick!

A SCIBA Award Finalist

Southern California Independent Bookseller Award Finalist

“[A] delightful piece of narrative nonfiction… Writing in an utterly unaffected tone and bringing a resonant universality to her musings, she invites readers to come along [with her]… Different religions notwithstanding, most readers will be all in for this journey—learning, enjoying, and pondering in equal measure.”

“Charming, funny, informative, moving and spiritually profound, this little book delights the soul.”
Michelle Huneven, author of Blame (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), Jamesland, and Round Rock