Aug. 29th, 2011

notthemarimba: badass swordfighting interspecies lesbians solving crime in victorian london (interspecies swordfighting lesbians)
Mormons as Citizens of a Communist State- Raymond Kuehne
This book is probably intensely boring if you don't have a weird longstanding interest in anything written about Mormonism, but since I'm odd like that I really enjoyed it. It's a record of the LDS church in the GDR, with a good setup of what life was like for German Mormons and visiting church officials before, during, and after the period. 

Women and Authority: Re-emerging Mormon Feminism- edited by Maxine Hanks
SO GOOD. I want to just show up at any ward I ever attended and hand copies of this out to everyone. I almost feel like it should be subtitled "Everything you wanted to know about badass Mormon ladies prior to the 1980s but were always afraid to ask about because feminism is a dirty word and also why Mormon women should have the priesthood so there".* Especially worth reading for the selections from Woman's Exponent, a newsletter written by and for Mormon women during the earlier days of the church. 

On Shifting Ground: Muslim Women in the Global Era- edited by Fereshteh Nouraie-Simone
Really great collection. Favorites: "On- and Off-Camera in Egyptian Soap Operas: Women, Television, and the Public Sphere" by Lila Abu-Lughod, "Between Religion and Secularism: Islamist Women of Hamas" by Islah Jad, and "The Veil Debate-- Again" by Leila Ahmed. 

Brideshead Revisited- Evelyn Waugh
This was roughly what I expected, not too long, and kind of preposterously queer, all of which made me rather happy. 

The Scarlet Pimpernel- what's her pants Orczy 
Abandoned on page 98 for being astonishingly boring and the fact that if I read the word "aristocratic" one more time I was going to throw it against a wall. 

The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver
Abandoned around the point that the mom and the youngest daughter are sick. It was pretty good, I had just gotten to a point where I was like "what do you MEAN there are 300 more pages of this?" I am having a rough time with fiction lately, apparently. 


*I admit that this is an unreasonably long subtitle but work with me here
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 My grandma sent me the recipe for the magically delicious lemon bars she makes. (Mainly for [personal profile] wrabbit . Because me+baking=moderate disasters, usually). I have omitted the longwinded explanation my grandma provided of who taught her to make them. She also advises "I never do the grated lemon rind-- too much trouble".  

LEMON BARS

Crust Filling
1 cup butter or margarine 4 eggs slightly beaten
1/2 cup powdered sugar 2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups flour - unsifted 1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup lemon juice
Rind of 1 lemon, grated
Cream the butter and powdered sugar.   Add salt and flour and mix well.  Pat into 9"X13" greased baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
To make the filling, mix all ingredients and pour over hot crust.   Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.  When done, sprinkle  with powdered sugar.  Cut when cool.  

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