Since Tuesdays are library day, I'd better write about the books I'll be returning. We go to the county library here in town, and also to the University library. One of the best things about having my husband teach at the University is that I get my own library card. The ILL books are the other best thing.
The Non-Jewish Origins of the Sephardic Jews by Paul Wexler- Wexler argues that most Sephardic Jews are not descendants of Palestinian Jews. Instead, he uses a variety of evidence- especially linguistic- that most Sephardic Jews were Berber and Arab converts. This is very interesting, considering most Israeli Jews are Sephardic.
Jewish Communities in Exotic Places by Ken Blady- Very interesting book about Jewish communities in Asia and Africa. This is one of the best book on the subject that I've read.
Racing Alone by Nader Khalili- My husband has been reading this one and loves it. Nader Khalili is the man who designed the sandbag houses.
Persuasion by Jane Austen- After reading this one again, I do think it is my favorite book by Jane Austen.
Anthology of World Scriptures by Robert E van Voorst- I think I'm going to buy this one. It is a convenient compilation of excerpts from a large number of sacred texts. Roger Keller requires it for his World Religion class now.
Facing West by Hetty Berg- This book mostly documents artifacts from Oriental Jews.