The Politics of Women's Spirituality: Essays by Founding Mothers of the Movement. I originally checked this out to read an essay I saw cited, but I can't remember which one it was. I paged through much of the book, but didn't actually read it in depth. I found the early 2nd wave feminism a bit too simplistic for my tastes. But it's valuable as a marker in the evolution of feminist thought.
Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women's Reproduction in America by Jeanne Flavin. Just started this today. I might use part or all of it for a freshman tutorial on reproduction that I hope to teach next fall.
A blog acquaintance shared a huge file of ebooks, so I've been reading two historical novel series set in England ranging from the 1100s-1600s. I've had fun learning all sorts of tidbits about English history. The first series included The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follet. Next was the Morland Dynasty series by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, a set of five books beginning with The Founding.
Now for some Mormon stuff...
The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life for Christmas. They argue that the most compelling characteristics of a God worth worshipping is his vulnerability and compassion, his capacity for feeling and understanding human pain and joy. The book's prose sometimes is more fanciful that I usually care to read, but still quite moving. Also worth your time are the interviews with the authors at Feminist Mormon Housewives (Episode 27: The Nature of God and the Feminine Divine) and a 2-part interview (Episodes 385-386) at Mormon Stories.
Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History. This book has a short narrative introduction, but most of it is, as the title suggest, a compilation of original source documents relating to LDS temples. So it's not something you'd exactly want to sit down and read straight through for enjoyment, but if you're researching the historical origins of certain policies or practices, this is the place to go.
Women and Authority: Re-Emerging Mormon Feminism edited by Maxine Hanks. A classic collection of essays and stories published in the early 1990s.
Why Theology Can't Save Us, and Other Essays on Being Gay and Mormon by John Gustav-Wrathall. I first listened to his extended interview with John Dehlin on Gay Mormon Stories and was so moved by his life story that I wanted to learn more (to listen, go to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4). I saw this book and (guilty admission) bought it right away for my Kindle. He really breaks apart preconceived notions of what it means to be both gay and Mormon and how one might reconcile the two. On the subject of gays and Mormonism, you can't miss reading Carol Lynn Pearson's books, from Goodye, I love You to No More Goodbyes: Circling the Wagons Around Our Gay Loved Ones to The Hero's Journey of the Gay and Lesbian Mormon.
I have a subscription to the Exponent II, a quarterly magazine for Mormon women's writing.
And of course, I can't talk about Mormon reading material without mentioning some of my favorite blogs and podcasts:
- Feminist Mormon Housewives (and its associated podcast) keeps me sane. I've also started following the FMH Facebook discussions.
- Mormon Stories podcasts. I don't listen to everything (not enough time!) but I do download the most interesting ones. Great for when I'm walking around town or watching the kids.
- Gay Mormon Stories podcasts. I've listened to every one. Really interesting.
- Doves and Serpents. I love their Parenthood Juggle series.
- By Common Consent (occasionally)
- Zelophehad's Daughters (occasionally)
- Wheat & Tares (occasionally)
- And a new Mormon feminist blog that an acquaintance just started: Opposition in All Things