> When I was in my library the other day looking for a copy of the Koran, I noticed that the 200s section (AKA the religion section) is actually pretty good. The Christian part of this section is solid with many scholarly-looking books about various aspects of different churches and sects. The Judaism section is a little skimpy and Hinduism and Islam barely get a nod. There’s a brief wave to mythology and Native American religious practices. I can’t remember seeing anything about Mormonism.
Buddhism is, of course, the clear winner with rows and rows and rows of texts — most of them in Hangul. The 200s is a part of the library I’ve neglected since I came here, so when I saw all the glittering possibilities, my interest was piqued. I made notes for future library lootings. Here’s what I picked up today:
1. Our Mothers’ War: American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II – Emily Yellin. I saw this one at the edge of the 900s while making my way to the 200s. In a sea of Hangul, I love the way titles in English shimmer and beckon and tickle my peripheral vision. I dipped into this book here and there and everything was so intensely readable. Did I mention the pages and pages of outstanding, iconic pictures? This looks like a winner.
2. Menopause: The Inner Journey – Susanne F. Fincher. I found this one in the mythology part. Judging from a quick peek inside, it’s probably a little too New Age-y for my tastes. Also, my hackles rose at the first sentence: The passage from middle-aged to elder, marked for women by the menopause, happens around the fiftieth year. There’s also something about passing from being a middle-aged woman to a “young crone”. Elder. Crone. Damn, that feels pretty harsh. I don’t know why I didn’t hurl the book as well as my breakfast and run screaming from the library. We’ll see how it goes.