In book review news:
I finished reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. It is really a wonderful book. It's not a page turner like you can't wait to see what happens next, but it really transports you into Dinah's world and you feel like you're wandering around next to her. I might have enjoyed it even more if I was more bible savvy, but I still recognized some of the people and the stories that she told...and yet I'm proof that you don't have to be a religious person to really enjoy reading this book.
The red tent is the place where women gathered during their cycles of birthing, menses, and even illness. Like the conversations and mysteries held within this feminine tent, this sweeping piece of fiction offers an insider's look at the daily life of a biblical sorority of mothers and wives and their one and only daughter, Dinah. Told in the voice of Jacob's daughter Dinah (who only received a glimpse of recognition in the Book of Genesis), we are privy to the fascinating feminine characters who bled within the red tent. In a confiding and poetic voice, Dinah whispers stories of her four mothers, Rachel, Leah, Zilpah, and Bilhah--all wives to Jacob, and each one embodying unique feminine traits. As she reveals these sensual and emotionally charged stories we learn of birthing miracles, slaves, artisans, household gods, and sisterhood secrets. Eventually Dinah delves into her own saga of betrayals, grief, and a call to midwifery.
In Birthday News:
Today is my birthday! I have know idea what we're doing tonight or if my boyfriend has anything planned when he finishes work. If he doesn't, I'm going to make him take me to the pinball museum (they have pinball from the 1950's to present day and you can play them all!) and then to one of my favorite restaurants (which I know he'll hate, but hey, it's my birthday.)