Author • Educator • Presenter
Commitment to human rights
Janet has a life long commitment to human rights. She is a teacher—in the broadest sense of the word—in all she undertakes. She enjoyed her time in the classroom with her students, and continues her work supporting activist causes. The third part of her life’s passion is writing. Currently she is contemplating two new book projects. She loves writing her blog and connecting with hundreds of people whom comment on the blog.
Books by Janet Levine
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In Wolas’ pages, Joan’s fully embodied motherhood, despite her ambiguous doubts about her role, are brilliantly accurate. Every mother who has sacrificed her ambition and talents for motherhood will find she is reading about herself. Every husband and wife whose marriage is torn apart will gain new perspectives from reading this novel. Every adult child who wonders about their parents’ relationship to one another and to themselves and their siblings will find a mirror shard here.read more
In the Midst of Winter: A Novel Reviewed by: Janet Levine Well known and adored by millions of readers worldwide, Chilean-American author, Isabel Allende with her 21st novel In the Midst of Winter will please multitudes of her fans and also leave them uneasy. Uneasy...read more
In Sacrificed the arcs of many storylines merge and part and ultimately leave several threads hanging. This in itself is satisfying and realistic, an intelligent way to conclude the book. Intimate family trajectories, as well as those of grandiose political schemas cannot be neatly packaged simply because they have become more transparent to the characters and the reader. Ultimately, we are left with some answers but also more questions.read more
Over that decade, thousands of other women, men, and boys have been abducted by Boko Haram and taken to hideouts in swampy rain forests in western Nigeria called Sambisa. Inevitably the world’s attention left Nigeria and the abducted girls. However, German journalist Wolfgang Bauer and his brilliant photographer, Andy Spira, with this book fill the gap.read more
The strongest parts of the book occur when Boylan writes from the point of view of the trans character who finds marginal redemption. This is not surprising as Boylan herself is trans and her character’s experience rings powerfully true.read more
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What is Janet currently writing?
Non-fiction: A Cultural Conundrum: The crossroads where culture and literature intersect-and sometimes collide
Contemplating fundamental ideas about the human condition. It is in its broadest scope a book of psychological and intellectual discovery. Discusses the interplay of culture and literature, an essential chicken and egg conundrum.
A Cultural Conundrum is about the crossroads where culture and literature intersect—and often collide. It poses the question: Does literature help to create culture, or does culture help to create literature? The book explores the underrepresented and often misunderstood interplay of ideas, attitudes, and beliefs that shape society. By examining prominent texts, throughout history and from all parts of the world, readers will become more aware of how worldviews are created, developed, dissolved, and sometimes decimated…including their own.
(Work in Progress) Historical Fiction: Veld Fire–100 Years in Africa
What is Janet currently reading?
The Family Tabor by Cherise Wolas. I’m a fan. Compelling story telling. Clearly, Cherise Wolas is not yet in the ranks of our foremost literary fiction writers—but she can be one day. Perhaps she’ll take the time and space in her third novel to even more fully explore the rich veins of human experience she so instinctively taps into.
The House of Gold by Natasha Solomons is an absorbing read. A family saga loosely based on the Rothschild dynasty, it takes place across Europe and from the mid-1880s to the end of the horrific First World War. The characters are absorbing and the situations well described. Highly recommend.
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