WHOLENESS OF A BROKEN HEART
by Riverhead Books / Penguin Putnam
down for Katie's favorite novels, non-fiction,
I fell in love with all of the characters in this book, and still think
of them weeks after I finished it. Small Island tells the stories of
a Jamaican man who served in the British Army during WWII, a British
man who served in India, and their wives. This is the best novel I've
read in years.
During the Reign of the Queen of Persia
In the 50s, three generations of women live together under Gram's roof
in northeastern Ohio. Beautifully written.
A solitary archivist, who oversees T.S. Elliot's letters to Emily Hale,
is challenged by a young poet who seeks to understand religious conversions.
This novel brilliantly explores the intellectual and social climate
of NYC in the first years after the holocaust.
Malkeh and Her Children
A captivating epic of a Jewish family during the Russian Revolution.
If you love learning history through full-fledged characters, this book
is for you.
Rise the Euphrates
An Armenian family copes with their legacy.
Love Medicine and Tracks
Intense stories of strong-willed Chippewa women in North Dakota. About
loving and surviving.
The Jump-Off Creek
An unforgettable portrait of a woman homestead alone in the Blue Mountains
of Oregon in the 1890s.
Bright River Trilogy
Three women are attached to Darcy: Lily, his mother, is raising his
son; Jessie has fled a disastrous affair to her father's farm; Ellen
is leaving her parents' home to marry a man she doesn't love. Each searches
for redemption in Darcy, whose passion for freedom keeps him elusive
and unknowable. The writing is mesmerizing.
In the Fall
Three generations of Vermont and N. Carolinian families--starting with
the return of a Union soldier to his hometown, accompanied by his bride,
a former slave.
When babies mysteriously appear on Noon and Herbie's doorsteps, they
take them in. While raising the girls, Noon finds solace and comfort
in her church; Herbie finds these with a jazz singer named Ethel--until
Noon begins to fight for the preservation of her So. Philadelphia neighborhood.
I couldn't put this one down.
Wilgus Collier comes of age in Eastern Kentucky after WWII.
My Name is Asher Lev
When Asher Lev is moved to paint images of Christ, his devout, Jewish
parents are horrified--and still they stand by him.
The Bridge of Beyond
In Guadeloupe, Grandmother Toussine refuses 'to make a habit of sorrow,'
and instills in her granddaughter, Telumee, principles of self reliance.
This book celebrates women's strengths and mysteries.
Fair and Tender Ladies
Ivy Rowe, born in Appalachia near the turn of the century, tells her
story through letters she writes to family and friends. One of my all-time
The Joy Luck Club
In alternating voices, four women describe their lives in China before
1949; and their American-born daughters tell their experiences in California.
First published in 1925, a Jewish daughter in NYC struggles with her
father and his Old World ways
One Hundred and One Ways
Kiki Takehashi is the granddaughter of a geisha she has never met, and
the daughter of a rebellious woman who left her parents and Japan. A
graduate student of literature, Kiki now struggles with the ghost of
Phillip, her closest friend, while she becomes engaged to Eric, a lawyer
whose patience with her is wearing thin. Yoshikawa's voice is lush with
real-life subtleties. Her spellbinding novel sensuously describes the
intricate tangles between mothers and daughters, men and women, the
dead and the living.
Women's Health Book Collective
Our Bodies, Ourselves
The most comprehensive (and readable) resource available regarding women's
health. I can't imagine my life without this book. (N.B. a Spanish edition
was recently released--Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestros Vidas.)
For teenagers, check out Changing Bodies, Changing Lives.
Cidermaster of Rio Oscuro
Frauenglass has farmed an apple orchard in northern New Mexico for 20
years (after another life as a technical writer for the nuclear industry).
His memoir describes his getting to know the land, and his grief through
his daughter's dying--she became sick with terminal breast cancer during
her pregnancy with her first child.
A Collaboration With Nature
Goldsworthy creates "plainspoken physical poetry" with leaves, stone,
branches, water, and grass--then photographs his sculptures before (or
while) they decay. His work is awesome!!
Hellinger and Hunter Beaumont Love
A clear and exceptionally provocative book about family dynamics--Hellinger
and Beaumont's observations continue to inspire me.
The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property
An inquiry into the place of creativity in our market-oriented society,
I'm still rereading this book--and I first bought it over ten years
Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural
Birth Control and Pregnancy Achievement
Literary and substantive, this zine was started by Karen Templer, who
used to edit at salon.com.
& Writers Online
They produce an excellent bi-monthly magazine, and their site lists
names and addresses of poets and fiction writers.
If you are
interested in knowing more about what's going on in publishing today,
I strongly recommend reading "The Midlist Study Group Report,"
provided through The Authors Guild at http://www.authorsguild.org/prmidlist.html.
(The Authors Guild provides legal services for writers, and commissioned
Resources and exhibits that chronicle and transmit the rich legacy of
One of my favorite Jewish artists. He re-initiated, in the late
'60s, hand-commissioned ketubot (marriage contracts); he wrote and illustrated
an awesome haggadah, etc. etc.
My friends, Rabbi Gershon Winkler and Lakme Elior, have written
numerous books which explore early interpretations of Jewish law; they
also provide retreats on their land in northern New Mexico.
& Others for a Livable Planet
Provides excellent consumer info.
Work of Byron Katie
A great tool for getting to know your thinking, and unraveling your
life in the best sense!
A delightful, idea-packed site offering a wide range of Jewish and feminist
rituals for lifecycle events, holidays, and daily life.
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