Apr. 8th, 2012

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 Religion and Sexuality: The Shakers, the Mormons, and the Oneida Community- Lawrence Foster
I was going to write something nice about what interesting contrasts these three groups make to each other, but instead I will just leave you the only thing I had written in my draft folder on this book: THE ONEIDA COMMUNITY, YOU GUISE, HOW INCREDIBLY WEIRD WERE THEY

Class and Schools- Richard Rothstein
Read after having it recommended to me by everyone else I know who works in education. It was alright, although a lot of it was stuff that is plainly evident to anyone who's set foot in a public school in the last ten years. 

Our Tragic Universe- Scarlett Thomas
I usually go "wtf does that even mean" when somebody says that a book is perfect for reading while wrapped up in a blanket on a cold day, but this book is perfect for reading while wrapped up in a blanket on a cold day. It has this weird, sleepy quality to it and low-grade magical realism that really works quite nicely. 

666 Mark of the Beast Seat of America: the Apostle John's Revelation Unfolded and The Sealed Portion parts I and II- Christopher Nemelka
These were lent to me by [personal profile] wrabbit , who is entirely too supportive of my desire to read as much weird Mormon-offshoot-sect stuff as possible. 666 Mark of the Unreasonably Long Title is basically "if we would just do what Jesus told us to none of this crap would happen" for 400 pages. The Sealed Portion is essentially really epic Book of Mormon fanfic, complete with ships (Barnabas/John, I'm not even kidding) and revisions of canon (a small sampling: heavenly mothers (plural); Eve slept with Satan; Jesus had three wives and controls evolution; the Renaissance, the American revolution, universities, and plastic surgery were all personally engineered by Satan). 

The Invisible Circus- Jennifer Egan
This book is so odd, because I spent most of the first half of it waiting for it to fall into cliches (the main character goes to Europe to retrace her dead sister's last days), and it didn't, but then the second half just kind of fell into this weird hole and I stopped loving it. Bummer. 

In Heaven as it is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death- Samuel Brown
Abandoned halfway through. I just couldn't get into it. The writing is weirdly cumbersome, and I think the subject has been covered much better in other places.

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