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121. The Fundamentals of Extremism
by Edward M. Buckner, Edwin Kagin, Bobbie Kirkhart, Herb Silverman, John Suarez
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Asin: 0972549617
Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
Publisher: New Boston Books
Sales Rank: 37080
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The politics, educational policies, and social values perpetuated by Christian fundamentalists are exposed in this critical perspective on the religious right's role in American society. Statistics and studies of the movement are offered that provide insight into the causes and characteristics of fundamentalism and its effects on minority groups including women, children, African Americans, gays, and lesbians. Essays from a variety of authors consider the path to theocracy, the effect of the theology of inerrancy on politics, and the state of fundamentalism in the United States after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Buy two,one for you and a friend
I have bought dozens of books from Amazon and this is the first that inspired me to write a review.Much of Blakers content is easy to witness for youself if you only open your eyes to the religious rights assault on our constitution and the American way of life.What Blaker does so well is clearly points out the tactics of fundamentalist without attacking religion or mainstream Christians.If you are a Christian that loves the freedom America has always stood for this book should scare you.As an Atheist,with a Christian wife of 20 years it horrified me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening
Kimberly Blaker and her co-authors have presented a well-researched, informative, and eye-opening account of the not-so-obvious ways Christian fundamentalists are seeking to overhaul our society, its government, and the educational system. The authors address the serious impact that these radicals have on children's welfare, women's rights, and separation of church and state issues. Anyone interested in preserving our constitutional and religious freedoms, from athiests to conservative believers, will benefit from understanding the epidemic of extreme beliefs in our country. This book has made me realize that it is not safe to sit by passively. The fundamentalists count on that. Instead, we must pay closer attention to the Christian fundamentalist movement and use our voting rights, at local, state, and federal levels, to take action against this very active minority emerging in the United States.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fundamentalist Radicals Could be Living Right Next Door
Just what exactly do religious extremists in the Christian community want to do with the U.S. government? What would fundamentalists do to the Bill of Rights, if given the chance? How would America function under the rule of theocratic extremists?

These questions and others are examined in this book by a whole host of different authors. Kimberly Blaker contributes the most, and she is joined by other concerned authors, like John Suarez, Herb Silverman, Edward Buckner, and others. Each one of the authors contributes to their specific area of expertise, touching on such hot issues as racism, education, homophobia, church/state relations, and government in general.

Some of the quotes from prominent Christian fundamentalists, like Pat Robertson, Gary Bauer, and others, will alarm some readers so don't be surprised if you come away from this book with a feeling of shock and concern. Fundamentalist leaders are very well organized and they have a mission to convert the United States into a theocracy and eliminate the separation of church and state. They have already achieved success with the Republican Party, which has adopted many Fundamentalist doctrines into its platform.

Before anyone gets too scared, though, it should be noted that the vast majority of Christians do not share these radical views. These extremist positions are held by a very small fraction of Christian adherents and while they come across as very anti- American in nature, they are still not as frightening as they seem. The reason is because most Americans believe in the Constitution and would never accept or allow these types of changes to take place. Like the authors point out, this won't stop the fundamentalists from trying to force their agenda on the nation, but there is only so far they can go with the present system of checks and balances.

I enjoyed most of this book, but I didn't like the writing style or the contents of chapter 3 (covering education), written by Bobbie Kirkhart. Not only is the writing itself inferior to Kimberly Blaker and the others, it also presents some very weak arguments in defense of the public schools. I can agree that an educational system run exclusively by religious organizations with no room for other choices or opinions would be a bad thing. But I cannot go along with some of Kirkhart's assertions, like her claim that private schools are not really any better than public ones. I think she goes way too far in her unyielding support of public education.

This is an interesting book that explains the extremist views of radical Christian forces in America and how they would like to eliminate most of the freedoms and civil rights that we all take for granted. Their ideas are too outrageous to ever become reality. But they need to be paid attention to and monitored nonetheless, to make sure that they do not succeed any further than they already have in implementing their anti- American agenda.

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome, but not for the layman.
This book taps into the possible threat of the ultra-religious, espescially here in America. Although it'd take several years or even decades for them to suceed, the idea is just as horrifying. Most of this is political, but it can almost be rated as a 'conspiracy theory'. To the experienced political or extremist nonbeliever (mostly non-christian), this would be a great book; to the layman, a little too far.

4-0 out of 5 stars Worth the Money
The message is outstanding for anyone interested in the grasp the conservative right has on our personal liberties. The information presented should be a wake-up call to anyone concerned about the future of our political landscape. The one criticism to this book is the redundancy in the information. The same message about reproductive rights is outlined in various readings. It would be helpful if a future edition is made to provide a better flow of information. ... Read more

122. Fearless Women: Midlife Portraits
by Nancy Alspaugh, Marilyn Kentz
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Asin: 1584794127
Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang
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Ask some women their age, and they'll demur. Ask others, like Joni Mitchell or Cybill Shepherd, and they'll take up a sword. In this inspirational book, 50 women ranging in age from their 40s to their 60s-including movie and television personalities, musicians, and Olympic athletes-are presented in stunning photographs holding a sword to symbolize their passionate and courageous approach to aging. Their stories are told alongside the pictures, capturing the experiences of the 38 million women of the Baby Boom generation who are challenging the age barrier and living the second half of their lives to the fullest.

Coauthors Nancy Alspaugh and Marilyn Kentz are founders of the Fearless Aging movement, which encourages women to discard outdated views of getting older and celebrate who they are today. Joan Lunden, Leeza Gibbons, Shari Belafonte, Erin Brockovich, and Native American medicine woman Brooke Medicine Eagle are among the women who share their feelings about how they have become wiser and more powerful with age. The book concludes with an empty page for one final woman: a place where her photo can be added and her story can be told. As a tribute to a friend or loved one, this book is one of the best gifts a fearless woman can receive. AUTHOR BIO: Nancy Alspaugh, 49, is the Emmy Award-winning producer of numerous network and nationally syndicated programs, including NBC's long-running talk show Leeza.Marilyn Kentz, 57, is a member of The Mommies, the comedy duo whose stage show led to a television sitcom, a Showtime comedy special, and the ABC talk show Caryl and Marilyn: Real Friends. Together Nancy and Marilyn have published Not Your Mother's Midlife: A Ten-Step Guide to Fearless Aging and created a stage show about fearless aging. Mary Ann Halpin, 53, is an acclaimed photographer best known for her celebrity portraits and album and CD covers, along with a vast body of other work. She is the author and photographer of Pregnant Goddesshood: A Celebration of Life.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificent mid-life - we ain't done yet!
After looking at three of the photographs and reading the first page of the introduction, I immediately purchased three copies of this book - one for myself, and one for each of my sisters.Now halfway through looking at these amazing women and reading their inspiriational stories, I am empowered and inspired.Life is long, and the middle of it is fabulous! My first book was published when I was 53 and my next one is due out when, God willing, I will be 57.So take heart all you "women of an age."The best is yet to come, as the authors of this book and the women in its pages will show you.You, too, can join this company in making this the most delightful time of your life!Give this book to every "Boomer Babe" you know.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spectacular
I purchased two copies of this book.The photographs are strong and captivating, followed by awe inspiring stories from a variety of backgrounds.It is a perfect gift for any woman in your life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and inspiring
Wow! I just got it and this book is beautiful and what amazing women.I am so excited to buy this as gifts for my friends who are in that age range but also just my female friends who are making it up in this world like some of the women in the book.The photos are awesome and it is also inspirational to read each of their stories.Definitely one to keep out on the coffee table for when guests come over. ... Read more

123. Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study
by Paula S. Rothenberg, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Caroline Schneider
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5-0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Anthology for Use in College Courses
Rothenberg's book is an excellent resource. I've used it for years and it simply gets better. Many of the authors are people engaged in race, class, and gender struggles as activists, policy-makers, scholars, and cultural workers who are familiar with the issues up close and personal. Unlike the right-in this country that engages in armchair analysis of these issues from overtly ideological perspective they deny and refuse to acknowledge as such, the authors in this anthology provide you with their politics upfront and then with an analysis or description of an issue that is always incisive and grounded in historical and cultural understandings about the multiple systems of domination that are so alive and present in U.S. society. Its diversity and range of perspective challenges you to redefine your approach to the categories of analysis and experience covered.

1-0 out of 5 stars Biggest piece of trash I've seen in all my college years
I've never seen a more lie-filled, biased, and truth-"colored" book as this one. There is no logic, there is no fact, there is only much misinformation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal reading
This book is worth any price. A phenomenal collection of informative, educational, and interesting insights on American society. A must read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent service
For some reasons I got the wrong edition. However, Paola Footer not only gave me the refund but also she ask me not to turn back the book because she did not want to list an outdated book again.
I strongly recommend doing business with them.

3-0 out of 5 stars where is the balance?
Rothenberg has been to assemble a lot of great articles but they all seem to be written by people left of center so you don't hear much diversity in terms of point of view. How much can you really learn about race, class and gender without hearing about people both from the left and the right? It seems that the left has been getting far more attention then the right. The book is filled with examples of how racism, classism and sexism still exist but none with how much society has overcome these problems and that these problems are not as big in society as you would think from reading this book. ... Read more

124. Loving God With All Your Mind (George, Elizabeth)
by Elizabeth George
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Asin: 0736913823
Catlog: Book (2005-01-29)
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Elizabeth George’s Loving God with All Your Mind (more than 200,000 copies sold) has been revised and expanded. Elizabeth lets women know that loving the Lord involves action! Focusing on six main scripture passages, she helps readers understand what it means to truly—

* let your mind think on what is true about God and about life

* grasp and move toward God’s purpose for life

* trust the Lord in all things

Drawing on biblical wisdom as well as personal experience, Elizabeth helps women handle their emotions and discover inner peace that comes from focusing on what is true. She shares six powerful Bible truths that will help readers draw closer to God and know His joy and love. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Life-Changing Book
I've spent a lot of my life being held captive by Giant Despair. This book brought me hope, help, and refreshment.

If you have ever struggled with the "If only" of the past, the "What if" of the future, or the "It wasn't supposed to be like this!" of the present, you will enjoy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Christians
This book is written for women, but I am just one of many men who have benefited greatly from Elizabeth George's fantastic first work, Loving God With All Your Mind.

In her own gentle way, Elizabeth takes us on a journey through her own personal struggle with depression. Unlike most self-help bestsellers, George isnt' content to leave the reader depressed just like she wasn't content to say depressed herself. Instead, she takes us on the same journey through Scripture to find lasting, life-changing answers.

It wasn't until I read Loving God With All Your Mind that I realize how much control we have over our mind. We don't have to be besieged by worry and fear. We don't have to live in bondage to the opinions of others. We don't have to operate in a bubble of our own self-consciousness. Christians can rise above this by yielding their minds to the Holy Spirit.

If you never read any other Christian book, read Elizabeth George's excellent classic, Loving God With All Your Mind. Make a permanent place for it on your nightstand.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read so far on this topic for women
Elizabeth George has done an outstanding job on this topic. She covers a range of issues/challenges that face women daily. I canadmit to putting what she recommended to practice and I'm seeing the fruits. The chapter on 'Accepting the unacceptable', I believe should be preached from more pulpits - the theology of suffering has not been addressed in the church lately (probably cos' it's been replaced by the health & wealth gospel).

This book is a wake-up call to all christian women, it's for those who want a reality check with no frills added on how to face life's challenges as a christian woman in a way that glorifies God.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazingly insightful
A great book just to read, or to use as a Bible study. Elizabeth George writes beautifully to women of the Christian faith. This book, when used with the study guide in the back, is one that really helps women to know how to love God in all circumstances, and how to rely on him through the day to day. Nothing short of spectacular.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another good book from Elizabeth George
This is another great book by Elizabeth George.I recommend it. ... Read more

125. Women on Top
by Nancy Friday
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Catlog: Book (1993-01-01)
Publisher: Pocket
Sales Rank: 16899
Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
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Nancy Friday's phenomenal bestsellers My Secret Garden and Forbidden Flowers broke new ground, revealing for the first time the complexity of women's secret sexual fantasies. In Women on Top, she returns to the subject that made her famous, examining the erotic fantasy lives of more than one hundred and fifty modern women. Drawn from Friday's personal interviews and letters, Women on Top contains transcripts of real sexual fantasies that will change your mind-set about women and sex. A revolutionary exploration of female eroticism, Women on Top reveals the powerful and astounding sexual attitudes that are forever changing our intimate lives. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not as great as it could be
Buyer beware: there is a LOT of sex with animals in this book, and you're never warned ahead of time: the dogs just come out of nowhere and the average reader gets caught. I felt very guilty when I loaned this book to someone without warning her first and she was not pleased. I mean, don't get me wrong, fantasize about whatever you want...but this is not something I enjoyed reading about. While I admire and respect the concept of this book, it is also marred by Nancy Friday's hamhanded psychoanalysis. I frequently disagree with her theories and find that the best way to read this is to skip all that and jump right into the women's fantasies, some of which are really amazing. While the writers don't stand as representative of women in general (is such a thing possible?), I think the overall scope of the book is such that anyone- whatever sexuality, gender-identity, race, religion, or class- will find something of interest here, be it for education or arousal...and that's what a good book in this field should be, as far as I'm concerned. Negatives aside, I'd like to see a lot more of this out there. If and other such sites would focus less on commerce and big name authors we might start to see a change in the way Americans view sex...but I digress. Take a look at this one, but don't get your hopes too high.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book, but some of the fantasies -- YUCK!
I applaud Friday's guts to stand up to the prudish Prunellas and false feminists and write/publish this book. Her take on women's fantasies is on the mark.

That having been said: if you find the idea of sex with animals as utterly revolting and disgusting as I do, there are entire sections of this book you may wish to avoid. Many of her correspondents discuss not just fantasies about bestiality but actual experiences with it. These women seem to have no conscience, no guilt about committing what is nothing less than a form of rape. Would these women be so accepting of pedophilia? Or rape of the mentally disabled?

However, as Friday is writing about women's sexuality and fantasies, I think she has a right if not an obligation to tell the entire story. If women are fantasising about raping defenseless animals, that is part of the story, and she shouldn't leave it out.

Again, another top-notch piece of research by Friday, but not one the average person can read wit! h unmitigated pleasure.

4-0 out of 5 stars A study that is both informative, and seductive
Nancy Friday has long written about women's sexuality, and here in _Women on Top_, she continues that tradition. Published in 1991, Friday discusses how the women's movement has affected the way women think and feel about sex, and goes into the relationship between how women think of themselves, and how they think about sex.

Drawing from many transcribed fantasies, written in each woman's own words, Friday breaks through cultural taboos unflinchingly, and offers a frank discussion. This book will please both academic and prurient interestt, and it may help readers feel more comfortable with their own sexuality and fantasies.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Extremely boring. Each letter is all basically the same (middle class ladies, brought up in strict environment, most of them Catholics with very sick twisted imagination)
There is a LOT of sex with animals in this book; dogs just jump out of nowhere and do weird stuff. I had 3 dogs in my life and non-of them made any attempt to do any of the things those ladies are talking about.
I also got an impression that lots of those ladies are just trying to get back at their parents (look, mom, what I got them published in the book - recognize that family? Nah-nah-nah-
What was the point of that book again? I didn't get it!

And what is with those constant references to her other two books? If I want to read them - I would - no reason constantly tell me about them. It is just such a cheap trick to fill-up the space in third book by talking about number one and number two!
The author is by far not the best sexologist I came across and letters she published not any different from other porn stories one can find in any monthly issue of Cosmopolitan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Go Nancy!
I've owned this book for years, and it hasn't left my beside in all that time. When I bought it, I was in my twenties, and it made me realize that fantasy lives were not restricted to men. And that my fantasies were normal--even (gasp) healthy! Did I learn that from Friday? Nope. I ignored her introductions, as I'm sure most of us did. I figure it out from the numerous women who wrote her and shared their intimate moments. Although our fantasies may differ, they reaffirm that we have every right to relish our own sexuality.

On a side note: the Editorial review really ticked me off. Why is it just fine for men to fantasize using "dirty" words but if we use them, we're no longer feminine? Who declares we must be "dainty" in order to be evolved? Just know when you buy this book that it's not the flowery language you'll find in your drug store romance novel. It's real (sometimes a little out there, but real nonetheless).

I'm not embarrassed to admit that Nancy Friday's books come very close to being a woman's equivalent to Penthouse. We love the words--the men love the pictures. (okay, so I'm not embarrassed unless my mother-in-law reads this) It's all healthy. Go Nancy! ... Read more

126. The Beauty Myth : How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
by Naomi Wolf
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Perennial
Sales Rank: 10793
Average Customer Review: 3.52 out of 5 stars
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The bestselling classic that redefined our view od the relationship between beauty and female identity.

In today's world, women have more power, legal recognition, and professional success than ever before. Alongside the evident progress of the women's movement, however, writer and journalist Naomi Wolf is troubled by a different kind of social control, which, she argues, may prove just as restrictive as the traditional image of homemaker and wife. It's the beauty myth, an obsession with physical perfection that traps the modern woman in an endless spiral of hope, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society's impossible definition of "the flawless beauty."

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4-0 out of 5 stars An interesting read
Naomi Wolf has written a passionate, involved book, that analyses the 'Beauty Myth' from a perspective that is first a woman's, and second a sociologist. While parts of this book are a bit extreme and political, on the whole it provides a new framework for thought, and many fascinating angles to consider in any discussion of beauty, culture or women's media.

It is ironic that some of the criticism this book has received in these reviews ('Let her be ugly, or even average before she writes a book' , 'the way she throws her beautiful hair around') only goes to prove much of what Ms Wolf says - that her views as an author and a human being must be so inseperable from her looks, and that there is some quality of 'ugliness' that is absolute and which women should constantly strive to get out of.

Feeling attractive is certainly every woman's right, but it is a feeling, not an absolute state. Anyone who has travelled out of America, and experienced diverse cultures, will testify to this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Essential reading
This book altered my whole perception of beauty as it is presented culturally and socially. I just wish I had read it when I was an impressionable teenager. Furthermore, I wish that everyone who claims that feminists have nothing left to fight for would read this book. Wolf's well written and thought provoking take on Western society's obsession with beauty clearly proves that we unfortunately have a long way to go until men and women are truly equal.

Warning! This book may cause a great deal of rage and a sense of hopelessness. Don't be discouraged by all the depressing statistics that Ms Wolf presents - make a wow to yourself and all the other women out there to refuse to silently accept to be objectified and lessened. That, and not the latest miracle cream from L'Oreal, is what we are truly worth.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sentence by sentence, the stupidest book I've ever read
Naomi Wolf was a lovely young slip of a girl when she wrote this remarkably brainless book. The only reason people paid attention to this idiotic book was because Naomi was young and hot-looking. It drove Camille Paglia insane that Naomi was being treated like she knew anything about life. Naomi has done a lot of growing up since then, and I imagine she must be pretty humiliated that people are still reading this deeply awful book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A new perspective
It is an eye-opener.

Why is that, really, that commercials, even aimed at women, have sexual connotations? After I read this book, I flipped through the resent Cosmo: the only ads that DO NOT have sexual connotations are the ones for tampons and pads.

What's wrong with getting old? Why is every new wrinkle becomes such a tragedy for women? Why do women STILL, ten years after this book was first published, say, in numerous surveys, that they'd rather loose 20 pouns than achieved a personal/career goal?

This book does make me angry. But it also makes me think, and look from a different perspective on the world.

Definite must-read for all women.

4-0 out of 5 stars Above average
Some statistics are exaggerated and the author makes a few logical blunders by making incorrect conclusions drawn out of tenuous premises. However this book is more than the sum of its flaws and successes. It underlines a point most of us have seen but failed to recognize; probably because we stand too close to see that which is in plain sight. The concept of beauty has been used as a powerful instrument to control women. The beauty myth is now more than ever the most important tool in the enslavement of women. Especially since women have earned suffrage rights and a whole host of other emancipatory changes have occured since the Dark Ages the beauty myth makes the woman lose target of the big picture preventing the vast majority from realising their true potential. Men use the beauty myth to ensure women are just what they want them to be pretty objects a beautiful but empty vase.

As for the reviewer named Christopher: do u actually think men are superior because they created the telephone, computer and the electric bulb? Superiority cannot be judged mereley by who invented what. You should realise this is inherently an unfair game. Women have been suppressed throughout history. They have been confined in the walls of their homes (prisons) for most of recorded history. They were not given the chance to discover electricity, or deduce the laws of gravitation. It was their job to produce babies, clean the houses and be sexual slaves to their masters (husbands). ... Read more

127. Swimming Lessons : Life Lessons from the Pool, from Diving in to Treading Water (Harvest Book)
by Penelope Niven
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Asin: 0156027070
Catlog: Book (2004-04-05)
Publisher: Harvest Books
Sales Rank: 61976
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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At age forty-four, Penelope Niven was at a turning point in her life. In need of a change for both body and spirit, she decided to learn how to swim. While discovering the restorative effect of the water, she also began to notice that the lessons she was learning in the pool drew remarkable parallels with the lessons of life. The way in which you first get into the water, for example, is similar to trying anything new-you can jump in feet first, or dive in headfirst, but first you have to have some idea of what you're actually getting into. From floating to treading water, forward strokes to the backstroke, Swimming Lessons combines the familiar lessons of swimming with personal anecdotes and apt observations to stirring effect. Sensible, touching, and personal, this appealing book will be invaluable to any reader facing a life change or simply looking for a little bit of inspiration.

A Harvest Original

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring and Humorous Book by a Multi-talented Writer!!!
With Swimming Lessons, biographer Penelope Niven has proven that not only can she get at the heart of other people's stories but also that she herself is as interesting a subject as anyone she has written about--maybe more so. And as with her many other superb books, Swimming Lessons is written in her signature lyrical style but with the added personal bonus of her generous good humor. I have found myself repeatedly re-reading passages of it for the sheer beauty of the language or for the ready smile it brings to my soul.

For example, Niven advises us to "Learn the constructive art of Checking Baggage." After listing the numerous kinds of bags she routinely takes on vacation, she says, "When I go swimming, I take my purse and a large swimming bag bursting with items I consider essential for preparing to swim, swimming, showering after swimming, and dressing to go home after swimming. I would not think of setting off on a trip or a swim without all my stuff. But I certainly would not think of carrying all my stuff every moment I am traveling or swimming. I load my luggage and shopping bags and cooler in the car. I lock my swimming gear in the locker in the dressing room.

"You don't have to carry all of your baggage all of the time. You can't. If you spend all your energy hauling thebaggage around, you'll be too exhausted to move forward, or even to float. Check the baggage. Compartmentalize... I can't swim and, at the same time, carry my towel, my clothes, my shampoo, my hair dryer, and my car keys. I can't write with all my mind and heart and, at the same time, focus on my concerns about my parents' health; my daughter's grief over her father's death; my grief over his death; my brother's ongoing recovery from a stroke; my students' struggles to get into graduate school, get published, get jobs; and my world's struggle for peace, prosperity, justice, survival. When I write, I write...When I swim, I swim. I entrust the other endeavors of my life to the safety of the locker."

Furthermore, it is Niven's so-called "overjubilance" that strikes a fresh chord in our discordant world, post 9-11. We should be so lucky that there is at least one among us who has the good sense to go overboard with her love and enthusiasm.

Do something good for yourself. If you can't quit smoking, then at least read this book. You'll be overjubilant you did. ... Read more

128. Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black
by Bell Hooks
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5-0 out of 5 stars A gift
Required reading not only for feminists - both men and women -but for writers and other artists. Valuable for all humans who have been silenced at some point in their lives. Since that includes most children, this book has much to offer all of us.

Her observations are wise. Her grasp of history is absolute. Her ideas stimulate intelligent and loving thought, conversation, and action. Read this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars A New Way of Knowing
i'm one of those individuals who believes that frued was a fraud. and i might be indulging in some essentialist solopsism when i assert that there was never anything he said that would or could be of any value to this black man. but to the extent that i can function well in the world without any deference to freud's notions of mental health and self-regard, i might be onto something. i can say without a doubt that hooks and west were powerfully instrumental in helping me deal with my existential demons by contextualizing my struggle to be recognized as a thinking man who is black in american society. as the old gospel song says 'the burdens of my heart rolled away'.

there are many ways that i changed myself by changing my thinking. i was able to do so without discarding my background, which our society so often demands of african americans. this is something bell hooks was able to uniquely communicate to me in 'talking back: thinking feminist, thinking black'.

once upon a time in america, black children were not supposed to look at white adults eye to eye. we knew it was wrong, but we didn't know why and so we didn't say anything. hooks comes from all those places, and understands what's wrong with that and uses her considerable intellect to set our souls and our minds in balance. minds that were once shut down while our souls cried out can now work with the tools hooks crafts and put us sensibly back - clear eyed and straight up. ... Read more

129. Reflections From A Mother's Heart
by J Countryman
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This hardcover memory journal offers a beautiful place to record a mother's life experiences—family history, childhood memories, lighthearted incidents, cherished traditions, dreams and spiritual adventures for her children to treasure. ... Read more

130. Listen to Her Voice: Women of the Hebrew Bible
by Miki Raver
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5-0 out of 5 stars Loved This Fine Book
I found the book most enlightening. It seems that so much of religous thought and teaching of Judao/Chritian religions Leave out the feminine voices and personalities of the old testament. I was very impressed with what these women accomplished with their lives and with Layne Redmond's midrash type commentary after each. I learned more than I have for years about God / Goddess working through people.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brave, resonant, sensual and spiritual.
Miki River gives voice to the voices we have never really heard before, although their names and circumstances are well known to us. Finally, the power and the glory of these utterly modern women resonate deeply and joyfully.

5-0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, sensual view into the lives of biblical women
An amazingly clear view into the lives of women of the bible. The greatness of this work, besides its unbelievable clarity and great beauty is its connection to women of today. Delilah and Monica Lewinsky have more in common than just a beautiful face and an attraction to strong men. Wow! I really love this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must" for everyone, especially young adults.
This is an enlightening piece of work. I suggest it for everyone, especially young men and women entering adulthood. It makes a great Bar or Bat Mitzvah gift!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars What a joy !
To combine great beauty, wonderful words, and intelligent insight in a book is a triumph. The highest recommendation for any reader of truth and beauty. ... Read more

131. Spiral Dance, The - 20th Anniversary : A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: 20th Anniversary Edition
by Starhawk
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This brilliant overview of the growth, supression, and modern-day reemergence of Wicca as a Goddess-worshipping religion has left an indelible mark on the feminist spiritual consciousness. In this beautiful 20th-anniversary edition, Starhawk now reveals the ways in which the practice of ritual and Goddess religion have, in the face of a changing world, developed over the last 20 years – and the ways in which these changes have influenced and enhanced her original ideas. This important spiritual guidebook provides both the tools of ancient practice and the means to adapt them to our lives today – for, according to Starhawk, ‘a living tradition is not static or fixed; it changes and responds to changing needs and changing times.’ ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The acrostic view.....
Part theological and part "how-to" THE SPIRAL DANCE includes many suggestions regarding Wiccan rituals and magical practices, as well as the role of witches in a changing world. Like it's counterpart, DRAWING DOWN THE MOON (written a few years later), the book explores the organizing principles of Wicca in the 20th century. Starhawk wrote her book in the late 1970s and the special 20th anniversary edition includes her insights 10 years and 20 years later. Her additional comments expand on her earlier positions and reflect increased wisdom.

Do witches meet in the altogether to cast a circle? Not the members of Starhawk's coven who gather in drafty old Victorian houses-although one can do so. However, the most important aspect of WICCA is not whether to appear skyclad at a coven gathering, but recognizing the spiral dance of life. The world is in flux. Things change. On a practical level, this means even the rituals for observing Esbats (Moon cycles) and Sabbats (Sun cycles or the Wheel of the Year) are not set in concrete. Furthermore, witches have an "acrostic" eye that allows them to see underlying mind-sets, patterns, and structures are not absolutes.

Starhawk's observations are as salient today as ever. She finds those who subscribe to absolutism (which "stems from an intolerance of ambiguity") and a dualistic thinking (good versus evil) dangerous. She suggests the fall of communism in Europe forced the dominant class to identify a new enemy for the purpose of retaining control through fear. During the 1990s, these "rulers" identified drugs, Satanists, a president afflicted with satyriases, and Sadam Hussein as "the enemy." However, none of these "evils" captured the public imagination and wrath. (Issue date of this 20th anniversary edition is 1999 - post 9-11 Islam may work as an "enemy"). Starhawk suggests feminism is necessary because it is inclusive, not exclusive, and can help change the structures of civilization that rely on violence as a solution. Imagine a world where feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, healing the sick, comforting the dying, protecting the environment, and behaving in a kinder, gentler way towards all living things was the dominant motif!! The opposite of feminism is a "witch hunt" mentality.

Wicca is an important spiritual counterpart for women because all the major religions of the world are male centered. This is obvious regarding the Judeo-Christian and Islamic views, but the organizing principle of Eastern religions is directed towards helping one find a kinder gentler self. Starhawk thinks women have mastered that side of their personal development and need to become more assertive and aware of their own needs. This awareness requires the acrostic eye-seeing that the male "only" structures have to go. Simply adapting to them produces a Margaret Thatcher.

Some members of Wicca envision a goddess-centered universe, but Starhawk and others recognize a higher power that includes both male and female aspects. She says the 'All that is One' is neither male nor female. Humans can use the metaphors of "Goddess" and "Lord" to address what Joseph Campbell described as "the thing that stands behind."

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not Great....
I picked up the second edition if this book several years ago because it is one of those "must reads" that has influenced the beliefs of so many (There's even a reference to it in White Wolf's "Mage" roleplaying game.) After reading it, I have mixed feelings.
On the good side, it does give a much more in-depth and grown-up view of witchcraft than many of the beginner books out there. It is a very emotional book with some beautiful poetry, symbolism, and exercises. Starhawk takes us down her path as a witch showing how her beliefs changed and grew, and as a beginner at the time, I found that reassuring.
On the bad side, the history section is embarassingly bad. I'll grant that most of the source material for it is 20-30 years old, but that does not excuse everything. (Joan of Arc was a witch??) I also thought that the femminist political nature of this book made it feel very dated, not to mention preachy.
So read this book because it is one of THE classic books on the subject, but read it with a grain of salt.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good book for beginners on this path
This is a good starter book, for those intersted in the "ancient ways" and the "old religion". If you have read more than a few books on this subject already, you should probably look elsewhere.

3-0 out of 5 stars Once Upon A Matriarchy
The troublesome problems that arise when attributing gender to deities hang perilously over Starhawk's often admirable The Spiral Dance (1979). But if "the patriarchy" erroneously or prejudicially attributed the male gender to the concept of deity, has Starhawk accurately corrected the problem by simply taking the opposite position and replacing the concept of "God" with that of "Goddess"? Unfortunately, the question of spontaneous psychological and anthropomorphic projection onto the concept of deity is never addressed, and appears never to have been considered at length by the author. Whether immanent force or transcendent reality or both, the simple truth is that an ultimate deity is unlikely to be gender specific at all.

Thus, The Spiral Dance, despite its best intentions, often seems oblivious to its own tone of unhealthy polarity, a tone that suffuses the book in both large and small ways (for example, sentences consistently read "women and men" instead of the more common "men and women").

Starhawk is quick to point out that her "Goddess" and women-centered religion are not oppressive to men in any way, regardless of her repeated and somewhat sly suggestions about female superiority, which she doesn't seem to realize are uncomfortably similar to the historical "patriarchal" position she decries (fellow feminist Camille Paglia has argued that women are the superior sex in a far more convincing, objective, and fact-based manner). The author's religion does recognize a male deity, but, not surprisingly, he is subordinate to and subsumed into the all-encompassing female principal that the "Goddess" represents. Readers may get the sense that Starhawk, blissfully locked into her own womanhood, simply can't see very far beyond her own gender, and really doesn't want to.

Early in the work, Starhawk states that "Witchcraft has always been a religion of poetry, not theory." It is also, apparently, not a religion based very much on fact, as Starhawk's "religion of poetry," as outlined and historically defined, is based around a loose mishmash of unproven, discredited, or purely erroneous anthropological, archeological, and historical theories (including those of Margaret Murray and Marija Gimbutas). The author refers to the academic scholarship that has eroded much of the witchcraft mythology as "blatantly biased and inaccurate," when in fact the opposite is true. It is Starhawk who attempts to support her cause by referring dramatically what she feels are its historical linchpins while she simultaneously denies the untidy complications of history as largely irrelevant. She shrewdly defends her approach by stating, "Is Buddhism invalid because we cannot find archeological evidence of Buddha's existence? Are Christ's teachings unimportant if we cannot find his birth certificate or death warrant?" Rather bravely, she also asserts, "the truth of our experience is valid whether it has roots thousands of years old or thirty minutes old...there is a mythic truth whose proof is shown not through references and footnotes but in the way it engages strong emotions, mobilizes deep life energies, and gives us a sense of history, purpose, and place in the world." Needless to say, The Spiral Dance falters whenever the book suggests historical precedents, justifications, and traditions for the beliefs it promotes.

As with all systems predicated largely upon belief, the question remains: how potentially dangerous and misguided are the beliefs espoused? Are members of witchcraft covens, particularly women, likely to be wiser, saner, and more capable of personal authority and empowerment if they accept Starhawk's interpretation of the period of the European witchcraft persecutions (here referred to as "the Burning Times")? Starhawk writes that "an estimated nine million Witches," were executed, and "eighty percent were women, including children and young girls," but admits in her notes for the 10th anniversary edition that "actually, estimates range between a low of one hundred thousand and this figure [nine million], which is probably high. The truth, clearly, is that nobody knows exactly how many people died in the persecutions." Undeniably and unavoidably, all organized religions, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, have actively negative aspects, and have historically. But readers may want to refer to J. S. La Fontaine's Speak Of The Devil (1998) and The Abduction Enigma (1999) by Kevin Randle, Russ Estes, and William P. Cone, for other perspectives on the dangers of irresponsibly indoctrinating potentially naïve, vulnerable, and needy people with myth-based rather than fact-based ideas and theories, particularly those that imply special status, persecution, or hidden but present threats in one's immediate surroundings.

The Spiral Dance also promotes a heady political activism and what occasionally sounds very much like "compulsive compassion"; when Starhawk proudly announces that decisions within her coven and others are made by "reaching consensus," the shadows of Freud, Adler, and Camille Paglia's "Big Udder" may spontaneously interject themsleves into the minds of more informed and politically savvy readers. In fact, throughout her introductions, Starhawk sporadically adopts both a tone and a voice that sounds suspiciously like a liberal Methodist with radical pretensions.

The Spiral Dance also has much to commend it, including its promotion of "life as a thing of wonder" and "love of life in all its forms" as its basic ethic. "The price of freedom," the book rightly says, is "discipline and responsibility." Groundless or undue guilt and denial are discouraged ("The craft does not foster guilt, the stern, admonishing, self - hating inner voice that cripples action. Instead, it demands responsibility."), and a sense of honor and self - respect are seen as essential, healthy and positive. Sexuality "as a direct expression of the life force," is considered "numinous and sacred." Strict hierarchies are discouraged or eliminated, and men are encouraged to know and develop themselves as completely and inclusively as possible. Nature is cherished for both its beauty and its bounty.

Starhawk would have been better off promoting the included information as inspired by rather than descending from the various matriarchal and witch "traditions" and mythologies she names. The book's extended exercises on creating sacred spaces, trance, magical symbols, invocations, and rituals will be extremely helpful to anyone approaching this particular brand of witchcraft for the first time.

5-0 out of 5 stars a book close to my heart
i met 'the spiral dance' when it was already in it's 10 year edition. i was in my late 20's and reeling from my 1st experience of major loss in my life (deaths of my mother and grandmother, 1st major, bad break-up, etc.) starhawk spoke straight to my mystical soul and the little girl in my heart who'd never stopped whispering to faeries and dancing with the falling leaves. i'd begun a spiritual journey a couple of years prior with quakerism (the religion of my mother's side of the family), and had quickly become drawn to native american spirituality, too, for it's mirror of my own inherent sense of Spirit within Nature. 'the spiral dance' marked the beginning of my understanding that my own, celtic/european ancestors, worshipped the Divine through the Earth, also. and perhaps even more significantly for me at the time, starhawk was the 1st to really show me that my own image - the female form of human, that is - was ALSO the image of the Divine, along with the male. i cannot truly convey the power of the healing this understanding alone brought to me: however, it allowed me to begin feeling unashamed and equal in worth to my male friends and counterparts - for the 1st time in my life. for this i thank starhawk with all of my heart. it's funny to me how so many people seem to see starhawk's work as anti-men, or even just harshly feminist. i've never, ever responded to it that way. certainly she is a feminist, as am i. however, for me, she is a loving, inclusive teacher who's about supporting the (in recent centuries, anyway) here-to-fore sorely unsupported feminine soul. ten years ago, i had the good fortune to study with starhawk (and many other amazing teachers) at a wonderful school in oakland where she's on the faculty. she showed no signs then of resentment towards men, either. and believe me, i looked. it was an important thing to me then, that a teacher be truly balanced and loving towards all - not just women, not just men. in fact, many men are seemingly quite happily involved with the 'reclaiming collective', an umbrella organization of wiccan groups which starhawk and friends created in the bay area. in my last semester of studies, the class starhawk taught had our final meeting at the townhouse she shares w/her husband and several housemates. i recall being viscerally struck by a burst of love when she opened the door to let in myself and the classmates i'd traveled with. i wasn't expecting it. i don't know if she'd cast a spell of love and healing about the premises, or if the accrued energy of the place just burst its seems onto us; either way, i thank starhawk for the beauty of her writing and the healing she's enabled in my (and i believe many others') lives. and i celebrate this 20th anniversary edition of 'the spiral dance'. ... Read more

132. Doing Justice, Doing Gender : Women in Law and Criminal Justice Occupations (Women in the Criminal Justice System)
by Susan Ehrlich Martin, Nancy C. Jurik
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"Doing Justice, Doing Gender is a much-needed analysis of women’s work and position throughout the criminal justice system. A comparative analysis of women who work in the legal profession, policing, and corrections is accomplished through a detailed study of both the gendered nature of work women do and the changing organizational dynamics operating over time in each occupation. This book will be of tremendous use to students in criminology, occupational sociology, and women’s studies."

--Natalie J. Sokoloff, Professor of Sociology,

John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate School, City University of New York

"Susan Ehrlich Martin and Nancy C. Jurik explore here ''the organization of justice occupations along gender lines'' in a clear, systematic fashion. They explicate how and why the logic of sexism is pervasive in law, policing, and corrections. This engaging and persuasive book should become fundamental reading in the criminal justice field."

--Peter K. Manning, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Michigan State University

"Doing Justice, Doing Gender is the first book to provide a thorough examination of women as police officers, lawyers, and correctional officers in the United States. It is well researched and explains the many obstacles women have encountered when they entered the male-dominated workplace of our justice system. This book is important for anyone considering a career in the criminal justice system."

--Donna C. Hale, Department of Criminal Justice, Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania

"Doing Justice, Doing Gender is the most sophisticated and comprehensive analysis to date of gender in the criminal justice system. With both insight and compassion, Susan Ehrlich Martin and Nancy C. Jurik bring to life women’s experiences and contributions in justice occupations. Essential reading for students, scholars, and practitioners of law, policing, and corrections."

--James W. Messerschmidt, Professor of Sociology,

University of Southern Maine and author of Masculinities and Crime

The numbers of women working in justice occupations have dramatically increased over the past 20 years, yet zealous resistance to their full integration continues. As women have moved into justice fields traditionally occupied by men, they have encountered obstacles that confine them to gender-specific tasks and limit their advancement. Coworkers and superiors continue to equate competence with masculinity. Providing readers with insight into the long-standing struggles of women in justice occupations, Doing Justice, Doing Gender takes a close look at the organization of justice occupations along gender lines. Discussion focuses broadly on the field of law, both civil and criminal, and on municipal policing and correctional security. Following a feminist approach, authors Susan Ehrlich Martin and Nancy C. Jurik address:

- the historical roles of women in the justice system

- how and why women’s contributions have expanded in the past 20 years

- interpersonal, organizational, occupational, and societal barriers encountered by women justice workers

- women’s responses to workplace barriers and their impact on the justice system, victims, offenders, litigants, coworkers, and the public

- the interplay between race and gender in shaping women’s experiences and responses

But Doing Justice, Doing Gender not only provides a theoretical analysis of the social construction of gender in the workplace; it offers an accessible and well-written examination of gender issues and how they affect the women in justice occupations on a day-to-day basis. Filling a gap in the literature, this volume provides valuable and cutting-edge information for students, researchers, and justice professionals.

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5-0 out of 5 stars It's time to break through the stereotypes!
The myths that perpetuate about women in law enforcement undermine the positive impact women have on reducing violence in our society. Kudos to Susan Martin for helping to raise awareness and set the record straight. We must increase the visibility of women who have the courage to break through the stereotypes, and promote educational programs and media strategies that provide a true picture of women's achievements in law enforcement. ... Read more

133. Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology
by Henry Etzkowitz, Carol Kemelgor, Brian Uzzi
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5-0 out of 5 stars Athena Unbound
I read this book with tremendous interest. The stories it contains resonated in me or seemed to fit friends and colleagues. I have given Athena Unbound to family members upon graduation (from engineering school) and to my own women Chemistry students for graduation. I think it is important for my students to know what problems may lie before them and how they may be side-stepped. This book does a great job of outlining what these problems may be. Science is still a man's world. Forewarned is forearmed!

2-0 out of 5 stars More like a research paper than a book
I picked this book for my engineering ethics class thinking how great it would be to read about the experience of other females in engineering. To my dismay the book was slow and repetitive. The books studies white American women in science. The data through out the book is presented in a rough research paper like format. This is not a peasant to read book. If you can identify with white American women in the scientific field, then read this book. Otherwise the focus of this book is too narrow and the authors of the book does not present any practical solutions to the problems encountered by women in the scientific field.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Subject
This book is one of the best books I have read on the subject of women in science. It will appeal to the general public, who tire quickly of statistic upon statistic. Instead, this book gives a broad overview of the gender issues surrounding science and approached to resolve these issues. Should be required reading in any gender or science history class, I think, though the focus is on contemporary issues not historical documentation. ... Read more

134. The Woman Warrior : Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
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A Chinese American woman tells of the Chinese myths, family stories and events of her California childhood that have shaped her identity. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book for Older Readers
Although Maxine Hong Kingston does jump around from chapter to chapter (which seems to confuse most), she does a great job at explaining her life growing up as a Chinese-American. I can really relate to some of the aspects of the books. Kingston recalls constantly being filled with ridiculous stories. These stories, though, become a part of who she is and what she believes. The sub-title of the book, "Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts", explains a lot of what the author has to deal with. She has to deal with hearing that her friends and her are ghosts, because they are American. All of the people that surrounded Kingston's family were ghosts, except for the Chinese people who lived on the Gold Mountain, Chinatown in San Francisco. The children's teachers and coaches were ghosts. Kingston feels like a ghost herself: "...we had been born amonth ghosts, were taught by ghosts, and were ourselves ghost-like. They called us a kind of ghost."

This book is truely a page turner. There's always something to learn or laugh about in each turn. Wonderful book.

3-0 out of 5 stars HOW TO GAIN PITY
Kingston, with her novel about misplaced and awkward lives in society, uses the first person narrative to make the reader understand the problems and opinions of herself, and the way she sees the world. A story about a Chinese girl lost and confused in a new culture, The Woman Warrior has very strong and savage views. These opinions are only enhanced by the first person, and give a greater impact to the message. Slightly disturbed and greatly angered by unfain treatment, Kingston's book is a rather hateful one. She uses strong words, blunt remarks, and subliminal messages to give the reader a feeling that she is simply lost in a world full of hallow ghosts. Throughout the entire novel she portrays herself as the victim, in an attempt to gain the reader's pity. A sad reflection of her own life, The Woman Warrior is truly a novel about a lost soul in an unfamiliar place.

One would first assume Kingston to be a very bitter person, but her strong opinions are formed by the society she lives in. An old Chinese saying, "Better to raise geese than girls," (pg. 46), angers Kingston as a child. Her entire lifestyle and culture, American and Chinese, revolves around the concept of male dominance. Throughout the book the reader sees the cynical hatred Kingston holds for anyone who who does not sympathize with her race and gender; even by writing this book she asks for the pity of others. Such an example can be found when Brave Orchid (Kingston's mother) and Moon Orchid (Kingston's aunt), set out to avenge the marriage of Moon Orchid's husband and new wife. It is not only the cultural differences which set the awkwardness of the confrontation, but Kingston's mother's rage against the weak, (a trait later found in Kingston), which make this argument concerning divorse troublesome. Moon Orchid is shy and afraid, while Brave Orchid, anger fuled by Moon Orchid's timidness and her own extreamly feminist views, demands that she reclaim her title as wife. By the way Kingston words and retells her mother's expiriances, the reader understands the implied message that it is the husband who divorced who is evil, and the shy female who is right; this makes the first person narrative effective in that the reader sees the very strong emotions felt by Kingston and her mother. THe first person is also used to create bias opinions and exagerated comments, such as with Moon Orchid's "animalistic" children. Seen as lying, rude, vain, and selfish, the harsh words of Kingston try to make the reader think the children really are so selfish and evil, when infact it is only a misunderstood cultural difference. By being in the first person, the reader sees the opinions of Kingston, and must try to formulate what is truth and what is exagerated. Kingston, her own views tainted and twisted by society's treatment, uses the first person point of view very well to try to gain the sympathy of the reader.

Well written and very vague, this book leaves the reader searching for the truth rather than Kingston's bias views. Slightly disturbed, she is able to claim the pity of her readers by displaying herself as a victim of racial and cultural differences, and the rest of the world as mindless and uncaring drones. With the first person narrative, she can turn the reader's opinion to fit her own. She very effectivly gain's the readers pity.

4-0 out of 5 stars Trailblazer
I'm astonished to read so many virulently negative reviews. I read this book just after it came out, as a high-school student, and loved it for the strength of the writing and the vivid images, also the mix of fantasy and reality.

I do recall being a bit surprised at her anger, but up until then the only stories of Chinese-American girlhood that were available (all one or two of them, I think; this was the mid-70s) portrayed very dutiful, very quiet, very "good" girls. So this was an eye-opener and a stereotype buster, and should be welcomed for that. We have to remember that this was written nearly 30 years ago, when the whole multi-cultural debate was really just getting going; perhaps some things in it would be different now. But the trailblazers in any society often have to be angry to get their messages heard -- and taken seriously. And people like Maxine Hong Kingston laid the foundations that allowed literature by people like Amy Tan to be published. She deserves credit for this.

I can definitely see that aspects of the book could be annoying to Asian-Americans who find people taking this as gospel about Chinese culture, though.

But I'd also like to suggest that some of the negative responses might also come from people uneasy with the idea that non-white people are angry about the racism they've experienced in the United States. It's easy to think this anger is exaggerated if you've never experienced racism.

4-0 out of 5 stars women warrior
The book by Maxine Kinston is based on five different stories about different Chinese women. The novel is filled with Chinese folktales and culture. This is a story that one as a Chinese or any other culture could relate to because throughout the novel shows ancestry and tales about myths and legends. The novel will take you through stories of deception and haunt that is told through the eyes of Kingston herself. Starting with long lost aunts followed by so-called ghost warriors and ending with stories about her mother's life back in china; this book will keep you reading until the end. I recommend this story to anyone who is interested in story tale and culture of a different sort, that of Chinese. I enjoyed reading the novel myself and it kept me reading in interest on the twist and turns of Kingston's life.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Chinese-American Read
I enjoyed reading the fictional tale Warrior Woman by Maxine Hong Kingston. I think anyone who likes to see how other cultures live and relate to one another will enjoy this story. Readers who enjoy fantasy type stories will also enjoy this book, because it is rich in both types of story telling. After reading the novel, I can appreciate Chinese culture more, and although I usually shy away from fantasy stories and novels, the sections dealing with fantastic themes drew me in. In the story White Tigers, I was attempted to skip pages until the end of the section, but somehow I kept reading the story and I became more involved in it. When I realized the story was being told to empower Chinese women, it gave the whole fantasy a new meaning to me. Women at the time of the story held little value in Chinese society. Girls grow up, go away, and leave their aged parents, but boys were expected to stay with the parents along with their wives to care for their elderly parents.
The story No Name Woman disturbed me as I read. No name woman was the narrator's aunt. The aunt became No Name Woman after her family disowned her for committing adultery and becoming pregnant. The aunt would never name the father, so he could bear in her shame. What bothered me most about this section is not so much that the father escaped punishment, although that bothered me too, but the total lack of forgiveness from the family. Because of this total lack of family forgiveness, this young woman killed herself and her newborn. How terribly sad!
Although the Chinese society seemed to value family and a tradition, I found it highly curious that they could not speak about sex at all and they went to great lengths to avoid even family intimacy. Kingston describes how family members in China shout into each other's faces and yell at each other across the room. At mealtimes, which is a sort of intimate family time, no one talks.
I found the section At the Western Place intriguing. I am aware that there are many immigrants who come to the United States to make a better life for themselves, many times leaving families behind until they can establish themselves. When I read how Moon Orchid had been waiting for her husband for over 30 years and he never returned, instead establishing a new family in the United States, to say I was taken back, is expressing my reaction mildly. Moon Orchid did not seem to mind the arrangement though. Could it have been because she was well provided for financially without the obligation of carrying out wifely duties? Perhaps she enjoyed the prestige of being a married woman. Whatever her reasons, I felt so sorry for her after her sister Brave Orchid forced a confrontation between the estranged spouses. Moon Orchid was devastated by the encounter and was never the same afterwards. Something intangible and innocent within her was forever altered.
I would recommend that this book be read in a thoughtful and serious manner, although the narrative is by no means heavy or serious, but the characters themselves as interesting as well as being a complex mixture of clashes between their own culture and their assimilation to American culture. There are marked differences between the struggles of the young people and the struggles of the older people and how both groups try to fit into the new society while holding onto parts of traditional Chinese culture. I found The Warrior Woman a good read. ... Read more

135. Wise Women : A Celebration of Their Insights, Courage, and Beauty
by Joyce Tenneson
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In ancient times, older women were the keepers of primal mysteries and were revered for their special wisdom. For this very special book, Joyce Tenneson traveled throughout America to photograph and interview women ages 65 to l00.What she found was a revelation-women who were vital, energetic, and deeply beautiful, inside and out. The80 portraits are of women from all walks of life from the famous, such as Sandra Day O'Connor, Julie Harris, and Angela Lansbury, to the ordinary, such as our mothers and grandmothers. Tenneson's compelling and compassionate portraits, accompanied by short poignant statements from these remarkable women about the experience of aging, will help to reawaken us to the power and wisdom of our elders. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great coffee table book
When I pick up this book and thumb through it I think of my grandmother who I adore. I can imagine her picture along side the others. Strong, vulnerable and brave!

I was also very pleased to see that Joyce Tenneson was courageous enough to show these women as beautiful and whole-revealing their flaws.

This book is not a book for every woman. I agree with one of the other reviewers that women in their 80's might not appreciate seeing other women their age covered in only a wrap of cloth. Baby Boomers will enjoy this as they get older and see other women, older and wiser being comfortable with their bodies, their lives and their accomplishments. It would also make a good gift for cancer survivors in their 50's, as many of the women are survivors themselves.

There is not a lot of text in this book, which is why I say it would make a great coffee table book. I thumb through it often and find it very comforting to read the short quotes about their faith, their life and aging. It reads like comfort food for the soul.

5-0 out of 5 stars The photograph is the story
I first came across the photographs of Joyce Tenneson in The Sun Magazine; I was instantly entranced. Here were photographs that spoke volumes, that said here is the spirit of woman that has been hidden by fashion, jewelry, makeup and society's expectations. They are photographs that you can spend hours with. Her work reminds me of that of Imogene Cunningham, though their years are far separated. The book does not need the quotes, the photographs speak on their own.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not enough substance
This book was a disappointment for me - the title does not live up to my expectations. I mean, these are women who have lived for 70, 80, 90 years and all they have to say is one or two sentences? I wanted pages and pages of their wisdom. And then the wisest thing one of them had to say was "...I live at the Dakota and sometimes I feel like moving, but what would I do with all the things I've collected over the years? I have so many "things", I guess I'll never move." Oh, please! Where exactly is the wisdom here. Most of the photos were great, that's what the 3 stars are for. Also, I was surprised that several women did not reveal their age - I thought it was more interesting knowing their ages and seeing how beautiful they were and was inspired and amazed knowing that. In the introduction the author talks about the women sharing "...their inner lives - the heartaches as well as the triumphs. We talked about our families and the longings of our hearts...we discovered that the journeys we had taken toward our deeper selves, toward acceptance, love, and hopefully compassion for the frailties of the universe were basically the same. I came away from each encounter exhilarated by what I had seen and learned, and with an urgent desire to share these stories." I wish she had truly shared them. I'm sure they would have been great.

5-0 out of 5 stars I loved this book and gave one to my mother....
This is a book I would be honored to given to me by my daughter...or anyone! Unfortunately, my mother didn't feel the same way. She's in her 70's and thought I was insulting her. The women in the book are my role models...

5-0 out of 5 stars Real Beauty Revealed
All the while I was writing my own book about the wisdom, joy and power in being an 'Elderwoman' - i.e. a woman who embraces the aging process, instead of shrinking from it - I wished I could illustrate it with pictures. For as we know, a picture is worth a thousand words. And the true Elderwoman is a delight to behold. Her joy, her wisdom, her power, and a thousand stories, are all there, in her face. But I am no photographer. I had to make do with words.
So when I came upon this beautiful book I fell in love with it immediately. Now, everywhere I go to talk about my own books or to do workshops with older women, I take Joyce Tenneson's book with me, and pass it around. Every woman I have shown it to has loved it, as I do.
Compared to these portraits, the bland faces of young models look like clones or Barbie dolls. Here is REAL BEAUTY, revealed. ... Read more

136. Woman's Worth
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With A WOMAN'S WORTH, Marianne Williamson turns her charismatic voice--and the same empowering, spiritually enlightening wisdom that energized her landmark work, A RETURN TO LOVE-- to exploring the crucial role of women in the world today. Drawing deeply and candidly on her own experiences, the author illuminates her thought-provoking positions on such issues as beauty and age, relationships and sex, children and careers, and the reassurance and reassertion of the feminine in a patriarchal society. Cutting across class, race, religion, and gender, A WOMAN'S WORTH speaks powerfully and persuasively to a generation in need of healing, and in search of harmony.
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Here's a book that guides women back to their true essence.

The Goddess within every woman is embraced, honored and adored in A Woman's Worth. If we ever doubted the feminine beauty, Marianne Williamson passionately weaves a modern mystical tale reminding us of Her necessity.

In countless ways she gives testimony to the love and goodness all women can provide the world. It is the feminine in all of us that brings the finer subtleties to life fulfilling what Nature craves. It is the responsibility of men and women alike to balance our masculine communities, our masculine governments, our masculine ways. It is through our own gracefulness that we attune ourselves to the highest good.

Throughout her passionate commentary of her own life and the lives' of women, Marianne teaches how to embrace all that is feminine. From chapters Glorious Queens and Slavegirls to The Castle Walls, her personal, intuitive insights move all of us to cultivate that which is pure in our being. In order to develop the Goddess within, appreciation is given to the necessity of pain in our lives while the importance of forgiveness, patience, and understanding is encouraged. At any stage in our personal development journey all can benefit from Marianne's conversational and uplifting prose.

Finally, this is the book that will take you to higher plains in your development.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Powerful Insight!
This book reminds you of your greatness as a woman. Reminding you that it is okay to do well and be the best you can be and the goddess you were born to be! This is a spiritual journey into our self-realization as woman. A book not just for women but also for men who wish to acknowledge their feminine powers of intuition, passion, healing, nurturing. The author's insight is insightful and encircling and she has an extraordinary was to actualize the women's roles in family, society, relationship and just the being. This is a book nobody should miss and one you purchase two for. To keep one and to pass the other to a friend.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life...
Marianne Williamson puts forth in this beautiful book, what we all know. Deep down in the bottom of our soul, we know that we're here for a purpose. We know that God created us and that for centuries we have been silenced, denigrated and devalued. Yes, we know we are powerful, but many of us have forgotten.
Read this book and remember. And then buy one for your sister, your best friend, your mother and your daughter.

5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful treatise on woman
The heart of a woman lies, according to Marianne, in the secret interior of the heart. She talks a lot about the body and mind, and how they come together to form the feelings we have had about each other, and as human beings, to our sexual spirits and ideals.

Her diverse iconography of language in this wonderfully written book divests to us the true beauty of a woman. Naked, powerful, unfathomable. With her distinct breath, a woman reveals her instinct as a Goddess and as a spiritual animal, capable of both honoring the goddess and loving her sensibility.

The religion she refers to (in the book as in A Return to Love) is a mainly Judeo-Christian one, one also bound to be a fatigue to most readers interested in the spirit. I say this with clarity, because I came from the religion she talks about, and it is a very sad religion, because it takes away women's power over their bodies, and ultimately, truth. I think she uses words like God and King and Heaven to illustrate her point of view, and not name any one point or place or whatever. It's her choice of words that may throw some people off, but in the end, you will see an immaculate dialogue forming between the characters in her mythical tale and her worldview of the reality of how little woman's bodily nature has been revered, and how decimated she has become, because of this.

I hope you will read this book! It's a wonderful work about women who are searching for answers on how to live fully, openly gracious, and more considerate of those around them. If you like this please buy her other treatise on love, "A Return to Love".

5-0 out of 5 stars A great gem
Marrianne Williamson's work is both real and honest. Rather than couch things in a concepts that are alien or extremely religious, she talks to you about the realities of existing. Of how things will not always be easy, about how you will lose your way, and honestly how to see people clearly. Growth is messy, it's not neat, maturity is not easy, nor is spirtiuality delicate work, but with assistance from a tape like this you can see yourself clearly and how to bridge yourself from concept to human to spiritual being. ... Read more

137. So That's What They're for: Breastfeeding Basics
by Janet Tamaro
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4-0 out of 5 stars A great starter for Breastfeeding
This is a great book to buy if you plan on breastfeeding or are unsure if you will breastfeed. First, she explains very well all of the benefits to nursing. Second, she goes through the basics of breastfeeding, the problems, and other issues. She does all of this in an entertaining manner--many other breastfeeding books can be a little tedious to read. I highly recommend this book as a gift for a friend who is unsure if they will breastfeed or you are unsure if she will take the time to read a boring book. However, once you have started breastfeeding successfully, you might still need another book or access to a good lactation consultant. My other book has charts and calculations to figure out how much milk is needed per feeding based on the babies weight, charts on weight loss, etc. You might not need detailed information but if you do, you will not get it from STWTF.

5-0 out of 5 stars prevents 99% of problems women may have breastfeeding
I'm a firm believer in preventing problems before they start, and Janet Tamaro's book will do just that. She discusses *why* you should breastfeed, or at least "try it" even if you think it's "not for you" (it doesn't have to be; it's for your baby), and how and why to avoid situations that can cause breastfeeding problems such as drugs in delivery, bottles by the nurses, infant/mother separation. Maybe it will make some people realise that those of us who advocate those things aren't martyrs, but are realists. Proper latch-on and positioning are well explained, as are the realities of living with a tiny newborn. (Scary sometimes for first time moms, but it doesnt' have to be.) "So that's what they're for" should be available in every bookstore instead of dry, condenscending books such as the "what to expect" series. Read this and you won't need the any other books on early babyhood because you'll be well on your way to being tuned into your baby and your body. It's a pretty fast read but good for a second or third trip through. --

5-0 out of 5 stars Why the criticisms I read here don't convince me...
It seems as though the reviewing community here is divided: people either love this book or they hate it. I'm finding that most of the negative comments deride this book in roughly three categories: 1) It's tone is "preachy" and "biased toward breastfeeding." 2) Its claims relying on research are not substaniated. 3) People had bought this book with certain hopes and expectations that were not met when they read it.

Having read and re-read this book myself over the course of nursing my two little ones, I must respond: 1) I agree that the tone may not appeal to everyone. Some may indeed need a more compassionate voice. But she's a HUMORIST. It's fine to not like the author's sense of humor. But if you feel "preached at" by this book, you are probably missing the point that many of her comments are tongue in cheek and written with an intentional tone that I, personally, found far more engaging than anything in "The Womanly Art..." book. Perhaps you need a particular sense of humor to find this book helpful. And of course she's biased - that's why she wrote the book! If that's not what you need, fine, but that doesn't negate the value of the book for others. 2) The author includes 11 pages of research and source references from everyone from the American Academy of Pediatrics to numerous journals and papers. 3) Giving this book a negative rating because it didn't meet some preconceived expectations YOU had before you bought the book is completely unfair. A rating should be given based on the book as it stands on its own merit...not because it wasn't what you had hoped to find when you bought it.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is one of my gifts at every baby shower I attend
I am a lactation consultant who has been privileged to hear some of the leading breastfeeding experts known today in seminars. This may not be completely thorough like some breastfeeding books out there, but it is a much better read. It is very entertaining!--and getting the information to expecting mothers is half the battle. Where most would not read a long, dry book about how to breastfeed, most will read an entertaining book such as this and soak up the necessary information in the process. I love this book so much that I have given away probably a dozen of these to my friends who were expecting--and the success rate of my friends has been extremely high!--not because they have me as a friend, but because of this book. This is the book to read on breastfeeding for expectant mothers. If they need to solve more complicated issues than this book covers, then they need to seek help from a lactation consultant or some other expert on breastfeeding (specifically not your doctor--don't be offended doctors, because you know that most doctors do not have extensive training in lactation).

5-0 out of 5 stars That's exactly what they're for!
I loved this book. It's a light-hearted, easy to read book about breastfeeding that tells you how it is. I wish I had read this before I have my baby, but even though my baby is 10 months now I still enjoy the book. It's a must for moms-to-be and new mothers. ... Read more

138. The Feminine Mystique
by Betty Friedan
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The book that changed the consciousness of a country—and the world. Landmark, groundbreaking, classic—these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since. A national bestseller, with over 1 million copies sold. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite book of all time
This book makes you feel like you're right there with Friedan in the 1950's and early 60's, interviewing housewives who feel a vague but desperate emptiness in their lives. This fascinating book shows exactly how post-WWII society subtly discouraged women from ever growing up. While boys received encouragement to grow and seek out their place in the world, girls were taught to get married and live through their husbands and children, never able to forge an identity for themselves and leaving a nagging hollow spot in their psyches. The focus of the book is on how society justified and perpetuated this system (which was still going full-steam-ahead at the time the book was written), often by merely playing upon people's unquestioned assumptions.

I read this book for the first time a year ago, and I was absolutely enthralled. I had never liked history before because it never seemed real, but The Feminine Mystique opened up the past for me like no book or class ever has. The examples she gives from her interviews are very disturbing, especially considering that they were taken less than fifty years ago. She interviews students at Smith College (which was and is women-only) who unabashedly say that they would rather give up their dreams of being microbiologists or physicists because the men don't like "brainy" women. Unengaged students search frantically for men, and those who still enjoy applying themselves to their studies admit it to her in hushed tones, as if confessing a dark secret. There's not a boring page in the entirety of this thought-provoking, fascinating book.

In 1963, Betty Friedan was the first to publicly stand up for the right of women to acheive. Reading her book made me appreciate how incredibly far we've come, and how much we owe it to people like Friedan who fought for our right to become full human beings. She has earned my lifelong respect and gratitude.

5-0 out of 5 stars profound, penetrating, rational and humane
It's common wisdom to think of the Feminine Mystique as a classical feminist text. This is perhaps the case, but I would like to argue that it is so much more than that. The book examines what society tells women about their lives -- education, career, family, sexuality, goals, values, and anything else. The book discusses what society tells women, who exactly promotes these views about femininity, out of what possible motives, and what toll do these views have on women, their family and their children. The basic thesis of the book is that femininity has been mystified, manipulated, and taught back to women, in their homes and schools and churches, in the novels and magazines they read, etc -- that this mystification of femininity is a monsterous distortion of a person's life, resulting in emotional problems, marital and family tension, stifled careers, and general unhappiness... That we -- society -- have been living in denial of the condition women have been manipulated into, and therefore have been ineffectual in our help. That there are good reasons why things are the way they are -- it's embarassing to discover just how economically profitable this distortion is.

The Feminine Mystique is profound and penetrating in that it questions a state of affairs so many of us take (or have taken) for granted. The book appeals to reason. You won't find any "masculine logic" vs. "feminine logic" stuff here; Just logic: The book is a systematic expose of the problem, its toll on women, and its toll on the rest of the family -- men and children. The book is humane and compassionate in dealing with human suffering: It doesn't place men and women on opposite sides of some battle of the sexes, but rather places all of us on the same side -- the side of the victims -- of some really bad ideas that have been dominant in society for a long time.

The book is frightening, because having read it, the magnitude and scope of women's suffering takes on a new meaning. The book is liberating, because having read it, you realise the mistakes you've made in your own life -- how you may have contributed to the problem, and you have a pretty good idea as to how to go about changing things -- your own life, and the way you deal with others. This is a great book.

2-0 out of 5 stars ONE SIDED
This book drags on and on until your just to the point will it ever end. One page she is talking about the housewife as having to much time on her hands and the other page she is so exausted at the end of the day because of all the work she does.It seems to mainly be directed to the rich or middle class stay at home mom if you donot fit that category then don't bother to read the book. Betty would like for us all to believe that the "american housewife" is or was every woman in america, and that simply is not so I know numerous women who only dream of staying at home for their husband and children not because they want the "good life" but because they want to be there for them. No matter how femininst put it being a wife and a mother is the first responsiblity of a woman career will always be second, if you don't believe that just look at all of the children now who stay in trouble or grow to live in trouble what is the one thing they blame it on, their childhood the way they were raised they say their moms or dads were never there for them. Mrs. Friedman puts women out that stay home with their families as the ignorant woman while the woman that chased her dream and forsake her family as the hero...hmm and we wonder what's wrong with America well read this book and you will see.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as everyday acts of rebellion
I was very disappointed. I am first the title everyone knows that only women possess true mystique, second there is no reference to rebellion. Otherwise very excellent.

3-0 out of 5 stars worth reading; worth judging
I have to appreciate Friedan the same way I have to appreciate Freud or The Beatles: because, at the time, her ideas were, some might say, revolutionary.

Although Friedan makes many acute observations, from them she tends to draw irrational conclusions. As other reviewers have stated, her work could have easily been reduced to 3 or 4 chapters.

In the first half of her book, she whines that women (as mothers) have been unfairly blamed for the various psychological woes of mankind, referencing, among others, Mr. Freud. Subsequently, however, she uses these same references to conclude that indeed mothers ARE to blame for the conditions of society--even going so far as to cite her nemesis Freud in a disturbing passage about the evils of homosexuality.

While Friedan cites many studies (of her own, and of others) featuring America's downtrodden women, these studies feature exclusively MIDDLE and UPPER-CLASS women. As she is so diligently trying to prove that college-bound/educated women are being persuaded to accept the role of housewife in liu of a richer life, she completely overlooks the many women who do not have the option of going to college (or to a Freudian-biased psychologist, or to the suburbs...).

Because of the importance of this work IN ITS TIME, I must give it 3 stars and not 2. There is--hidden amongst the whinning, ranting, and contradicting--some good material here. It is worth reading, if only because it is worth judging. ... Read more

139. The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future
by Riane Eisler
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Useful Revisionist Exercise
Riane Eisler marshalls compelling evidence from many disciplines to assert that the struggle between a "gylanic" social structure based on male-female partnership exemplified in ancient Crete and Turkey, and a male dominated "androcracy", has been the major unseen force shaping western history and is once again in our time coming to a head."

Eisler writes that the "root of the problem lies in a social system in which the power of the blade is idealized." In contrast to this male-oriented power, Eisler describes the power of the chalice, "the power to transform death into life through the mysterious cyclical regeneration of nature." Her book poses a radical revisioning of the past which pushes the advent of civilization further back into the Neolithic era to include cultures which practiced a "gylanic" form of society. Regarding biblical history and morality, Eisler notes that "to the extent that it reflects a [male] dominator society, it is at best stunted."

Continuing with biblical history as she advances her analysis forward to the present day, Eisler writes that "the more gylanic followers of Jesus tried to transform the cross on which he was executed into a symbol of rebirth- a symbol associated with a social movement that set out to preach and practice human equality and such "feminine concepts as gentleness, compassion and peace." Eisler also details the attempt by some Gnostic Christians to establish a continuum of psycho-sexual identity in the face of opposition from church patriarchs as another instance of the gylanic retreating in the face of androcratic political power. I found this revisionist adventure to be very useful, and I recommend it to those seeking the reintegration of a culture mesmerized by scientism, materialism, and the faux enlightenment of prosperity.

5-0 out of 5 stars The MOST IMPORTANT book I've ever read...
Based on the work of the remarkable archaeologist Marija Gimbutas and many other scientists and scholars, Riane Eisler discusses Truth after Truth of our world's wonderful Prehistory in which, rather than the caveman Lie, our ancestors were peaceful, highly artistic, compassionate people who loved and celebrated all Life and worshipped the Goddess. The remains of their cities prove that they lived communally with no slaves and no signs of war for 2000 years until the cruel, bloody invasions of the peripheral, nomadic Indo-Europeans. Our "civilization" has ever after been based on the Dominator model: a history filled with wars, slavery, murder, rape, violence; men dominating women, children, and other men; in which values of compassion and peace are set aside or suppressed. I was continually amazed that in each chapter, Eisler brings up new points for discussion, speaking directly to the Soul about our history and the Present. And from the Truth of our Prehistoric past, when people were developing a truly peaceful and egalitarian society, we definitely can make this a reality for our future. This can be a world in which every Person is truly Free and Equal, a world without war or violence, in which the Arts flourish, creativity has no bounds, and we live at peace with all of Nature and ourselves: "the power of creativity and love - symbolized by the sacred Chalice, the holy vessel of life - is the governing principle."

5-0 out of 5 stars Truth and enlightenment at last . . .

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent scholarly comprensive work....
Riane Eisler's CHALICE AND THE BLADE is one of those books that had to be written. In it, she asks "Did humans at some point in history create a culture that was far more civilized than the so-called civilizations moderns have been and are experiencing?" And, more importantly, can we do it again? Her answer is a resounding YES and YES and YES. To illuminate and support her thesis Eisler presents the reader with a comprehensive and thoroughly researched synopsis of some of the most salient and scholarly material on this subject published in the late 20th Century when Joseph Campbell was completing an academic career researching and writing about myths, James Mellaart had been excavating and writing about Catel Huyuk, and Elaine Pagels was beginning to rock the theological world with her research on the Gnostic gospels and the Nag Hammadi scrolls.

Eisler's work was first published in 1987, when the right-wing lock on US society was only beginning to choke the great social movements that had been ignited in the preceding decades. These movements were initially viewed as somewhat antithetical to the 'Archie Bunker' school of thought and the mainstream academic views promulgated by conservative Western scholars (Jewish, Christian, and Islamic). Main steam scholars had long ago settled on an androcentric canon of beliefs and world view that saw males as superior to females, and promoted the manly enterprises of war and destruction of the natural environment. The scholars Eisler cites expressed different and non-canonical points of view. Eisler explores their works and the works of others as she examines the art, social mores, beliefs, and technology of the Neolithic Age.

According to Eisler, the extant information supports the notion that humans once worshipped a Mother Goddess who was viewed as the source of life unlike the later Gods who were War Gods and all about death and dying.The followers of the Mother Goddess were probably centered in Eastern Europe and Western Asia, particularly Crete. Their cultures were destroyed by blade-wielding fiendish tribesmen whom Eisler names 'Kurgans'. These Kurgans, were herders who entered the agrarian areas from the periphery and destroyed what they found. Eisler suggests the Kurgans and their militaristic namesakes have controlled the area as well as the rest of the world ever since, although brief periods of gylanic (female, Humanistic) resurgance occurred in periods demarcated by Christian love (agape), Renaissance Humanism and the 20th Century "New Age" movement.

I found this book illuminating and provocative. It seems "He who lives by the sword (blade) dies by the sword" and the sooner we change that the better. Eisler seems to think we should spend more time looking for the grail (chalice of love) and I agree.

4-0 out of 5 stars If you like reading influential visionary books read this!
Riane Eisler's The Chalice and The Blade is a great book for many reasons. One is that is has influenced many other writers, including men. Another is that it is a books which influences aspects of feminism today. First published in 1988, it is also a book that has created controversy down to this day. It is spurned and embraced by feminists and non-feminist, philosophers and historians. Some feminists either want to add this book as a great item to their lexicon, or burn it and look elsewhere.

Non-feminists also want to burn it. Philosophers love or hate the vision and ethics of the book. Historians scorn the book or are intrigued by its posssibilities. These are all signs of greatness, when great emotion and reaction is incited. I credit Riane Eisler with great vision, for that is what this book is: A vision of how things could have been, are, and may be. Visions are meant to expand the mind and open people's eyes to different possibilities. Eisler's famous vision fueled by Marija Gimbutas's work on goddess anthropology from the same time period. Eisler envisions a past where the chalice was worshipped, a golden age of peace that did not involve the subjugation of women in their "proper place" before everything went wrong in the Garden of Eden, but an age when men and women lived together in peace.

She writes of a Utopian Society attacked from outsiders who believed in subjugation and social hierarchy. (You may want to check out Catal Huyak, the controversial Turkish site where fodder for much of this began)I understand criticisms that dislike Eisler's laying the entire blame for all that is wrong at the feet of men, but really, who has been in power? It's not just about wether women are cruel, it's about who has the power. That's been men for millenia. It's a very recent phenomena that women are getting equality at all. Patriarchy isn't all bad, there are many good things about it, and men. (My husband is one, and Lord of The Rings is another:)We're all human. Looking back at Eisler's landmark work knowing what we now know, gives rise to many more speculations. Recently in the Black Sea there were found what looks like actual ones of Women Amazons, or Riders who carry weapons. This isn't that far from Catal Huyak. I'm not sure what it all means but I hope we find out. Chalice and the Blade is a speculative vision, which means, like fiction or a political treatise that it is not meant to be taken as actual history. It is, yes, a revision, of history, and what is wrong with that?

People are always speculating about history, novels written about it. If people are so upset about a book, chances are, you should read it. The Cahlice and the Blade is a vision of what might be another aspect of history, and done to keep humanity's minds open to a diferent future. Since it was written in 1988, it's good to keep up on material that has been researched since and been discovered. For instance, thanks to Paula Gunn Allen, we know that while not being a Ridiculous Utopia, she does write in her essay, When Women Throw Down Bundles: Strong Women Make Strong Nations, that certain tribes of Indians did live in a Society much like Eisler describes before their people were cruelly and methodicaly tortured and killed. Eisler's book is a landmark in feminism, and women's alternative spirtuality movements, and philosophy and for that reason, should be read to see the big picture.

In an age where many men are still misogynists, this book is empowering. I reccommend this book to those with open minds, and those with questions. I recommend as additional reading and viewing: The Frailty Myth, by Colette Dowling, The Paula Gunn Allen Essay I mentioned. I give the book four stars because of it's influence and vision. I would've given it five if it was updated with new info. ... Read more

140. Why a Daughter Needs a Mom: 100 Reasons
by Gregory Lang, Gregory E. Lang
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Mothers and daughters often see themselves when they look at each other: mothers seeing themselves as a child again and daughters glimpsing the woman they will likely become. While this can be frightening at times, it also can be comforting. A daughter needs her mother to tell her the journey from girl to woman is more exciting than frightening and, with the blessing of children and grandchildren, the journey never ends.

In his relationship with his own daughter, Greg Lang admits that while she once was his "playful partner in crime" and "most adoring audience," she now turns to her mother for consolation and understanding. "Mothers are the best listeners," he writes, "whether the news is good or bad. Moms know the reason for tears need not always be explained, but a big hug, a laugh, and chocolate always make things brighter."

A mom is a daughter's role model through each stage of life, and wise and fortunate mothers are able to stay one step ahead of their daughters' development along the way. A mother¹s comfort soothes hurt feelings from playground to prom, from first-job pitfalls to first-pregnancy concerns. There is no substitute in a daughter¹s life for Mom.

With charming photographs of mothers and daughters of various backgrounds and ages, Why a Daughter Needs a Mom will inspire mothers everywhere to empower their daughters to reach their full potential in becoming strong, purposeful, independent women. ... Read more

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