26 minutes | Sep 21, 2014

Pages Podcast 06: Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Still desperately behind, but starting to catch up. Kate and I recorded this a while ago (before I headed out on vacation) but I'm just getting it posted now. Sorry, and I'll try to keep back on schedule in the future! Kate and I both agreed that Dovekeepers is a good book, although it's very long and slow-paced. She liked it more than I did, although I felt like I should have liked it more than I did. If you're looking for an epic historical read that celebrates the relationships of women and their survival in the face of war (the story centers around the Siege of Masada), then we recommend it. SHOW NOTES September Pick: The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country by Layton MCartney (I mentioned the wrong author in the podcast -- there's another book with a similar title) The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet (FYI, the long-awaited final book of this trilogy was just published: The Edge of Eternity). Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley Jonathan Strange and Professor Norrell by Susanna Clarke The Lion in Jewish Symbolism: The Lion of Judah. Also, from Cultural Depictions of Lions: "“In the modern state of Israel, the lion remains the symbol of the capital city of Jerusalem, emblazoned on both the flag and coat of arms of the city. Unlike Christianity, in Judaism, The Lion has positive connotations. For instance, in every synagogue there is an ark with a depiction in which lions face each other like bookends with the torah in the middle, as if they were protecting it.” The Dovekeepers miniseries will air on CBS in 2015. Cap'n O. G. Readmore (and videos on YouTube) The Alienist by Caleb Carr Other Recent Reading Bleu: The books that I recently read that contained a lot of references to Jewish history (and used lions as symbols): Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin and The Lions of al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay and He, She and It by Marge Piercy. Orision by Daniel Swenson (and Universal Geek Podcast 172: Interview with Daniel Swensen) Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg Orangette A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table) The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot Kate: Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman sales benefit 826DC The Boring Store The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia by David Stuart MacLean Saga by Brian K. Vaughan The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou --- It's true!
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