Sorrowful Mysteries, 1991 is currently out of print. This first collection of stories was the winner of the 1991 Bumbershoot Publication Award. Contest readers described these dozen Southern stories as "quirky, but not quite bizarre."
"Normandi Ellis is to literature what the Allman Brothers and Little Feat are to music. Culture and tradition are woven together with grit and realism as beans and rice find their place together on the plate." – Steve Oleshewsky
Voice Forms, 1998, is currently out of print.
Normandi Ellis brings her rich understanding of Egypt's sacred past to the first book to recover from original sources the history, myths, and pageantry of ancient festivals to Isis, Hathor, and other Egyptian goddesses. Full of folk history, vivid recreations of Egyptian goddess mysteries, and contemporary activities we all can use to mark life's seasons and passages, Feasts of Light will delight lovers of ancient Egypt and of the Goddess in her many guises.
"At once, Feasts of Light is an informed history of ancient Egypt and an engaging telling of its stories. With the same wonder that all of nature---the
(distributed by Red Wheel, 1988)
The Egyptian Book of the Dead is one of the oldest and greatest classics of Western spirituality. Until now, the available translations have treated these writings as historical curiosities with little relevance to our contemporary situation. This new version, made from the hieroglyphs, approaches the Book of the Dead as a profound spiritual text capable of speaking to us today. These writings suggest that the divine realm and the human realm are not altogether separate; they remind us that the natural world, and the substance of our lives, is fashioned from the stuff of the gods.
Drawing on her travels in modern-day Egypt and her lifelong study of Egyptian mythology and art, Normandi Ellis takes us on a moving autobiographical journey through the sacred sites and rituals of Egypt's past, revealing their restorative and transformative power for contemporary women like herself. Ellis's spell-binding prose weaves a tapestry of the personal past and the spiritual eternal in this exploration of the secret wisdom of ancient Egypt.
"Eloquent. With vivid prose and a deeply spiritual intellect, Ellis has created a work of three elements: a lively, scholarly text of Egyptian myth and tradition; a moving account of a personal struggle to transformation; and, as witness to her transformation, a collection of insights into the human experience and psyche. ..A work worth reading." --- Parabola
This collection of fiction draws on the realm of myth, dream, and magical realism to create very short stories that seem to expand after you’ve read them. The stories are centered on the inner lives of women and creators of various types. The book was a 2007 Kentucky Book Award Fiction Finalist.
"These quirky, Brautiganesque-little stories are as spring-loaded with comic and tragi-comic surprises as a room full of jack-in-the-boxes, and Normandi Ellis, the prankster in residence, is a genius at concealing the most startling revelations within the most ordinary moments of everyday life. Do come in . . . but watch your step!" --- Ed McClanahan, author of Famous People I Have Known.
1991 Bumbershoot Book Award; Northwest Booksellers Assn.
3-time CASE Kentucky Award for Feature Writing
1990 Colorado Federation for the Arts Innovation Award
1990 Colorado Book Award Finalist
2006 Green River Writers Poetry Award
2000 Ky Ed. TV Book Club Pick; Sorrowful Mysteries
1992 YMCA Writer's Voice; Writer in Residence Fellowship Grant
2-time recipient Ky Found. for Women Artist Enrichment Grant
bluebonnets, every elm tree leaf, a raindrop---stirred in her as a child, Normandi Ellis unlocks the mysteries of the Egyptian calendar and its festivals and leading characters, and brings them fully to life. She brings forth the spiritual richness and lessons to be learned, and offers prescriptive suggestions to bring these rituals to life, in and for one's own life." --- Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., author of Women Who Run with the Wolves.