Wednesday, January 3, 2007

1992 - Best Books of the Year

Sarah the Priestess: The First Matriarch of Genesis and Hagar the Egyptian: Lost Traditions of the Matriarchs, Savina Teubal
Interestingly suggestive of how we may have too easily misread the lives of early women. But probably not reliably accurate with historical data. 199 and 226 pages.

Howard’s End, E.M. Forster
A great novel of Edwardian England. Satisfying and believable even when everyone receives their poetic justice. Some of the best writing in the English language. 359 pages.

Discovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context, Carol Meyers
Solid scholarship, well-written archaeology. Eve’s story as an allegory of the agricultural revolution in the ancient Middle East. 238 pages.

Rachel’s Daughters: Newly Orthodox Jewish Women, Debra Renee Kaufman
Respectfully observant and attentive to a category of women who are usually ignored by feminists and exploited by traditionalists—modern women who choose to convert to a more traditional orthodox Judaism. Why choose orthodoxy? I enjoyed hearing their stories. 243 pages.

The Seven Ages, Eva Figes
A fictional history of women in England over a thousand. A little too polemical in spots—do we always have to see yesterday’s women as victims?—but worth the read and a technically intriguing story-style. 186 pages.

The Eight, Catherine Neville
An Indiana Jones adventure for thinking women set in modern-day New York and the Middle East and in France at the time of the Revolution. 550 pages.

Whole Child/ Whole Parent, Polly Berends Berenger
The only helpful parenting guide I’ve seen. Most memorable quote for me: “Babies need peace more than sleep and love more than food.” 364 pages.

Radical Reflections: Passionate Opinions on Teaching, Learning, and Living, Mem Fox
Energetic autobiographical essays from a favorite picture book author. Her ideas are excellent and passionately argued. 192 pages

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