anet Levine is an author, educator, and presenter. Janet has decades of published writing experience both as a book author and a freelance journalist. She is the author of four published works. For twenty nine years (1986-2014) she taught in the English department at Milton Academy in Massachusetts. She leads workshops and presents programs internationally on the psychology of personality using the E-model. An anti-apartheid activist, she is an expert on South Africa and South African politics. The founder and leader of several successful non-profit organizations, in South Africa and the United States, Janet remains a committed activist for human rights.
November 2017: Janet Levine: Latest Book Review: “The Resurrection of Joan Ashby” See New York Journal of Books http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/resurrection
November 2017: Janet Levine: Latest Book Review: “In the Midst of Winter” See New York Journal of Books. http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/midst
October 2017: Janet Levine: Latest Book Review: “Sacrificed” See New York Journal of Books. http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/sacrificed
June 2017: Janet Levine: Latest Book Review: “Stolen Girls: Survivors of Boko Haram Tell Their Story” See New York Journal of Books. http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/stolen-girls
July 2013: Ebook edition of “Inside Apartheid” now available at all online retail book outlets. Buy it on Amazon Kindle at: http://amzn.to/1eWYk5e
February 2013 Goodreads author at http://www.goodreads.com (website for readers’ own reviews)
January 2013 Portuguese edition of parenting book now available! See it at http://www.principia.pt click on Sopa de Letras
What is Janet Writing?
(Work in Progress) Historical Fiction: Veld Fire–100 Years in Africa
A generational saga of several women in one family, their relationships, successes and failures. Set against the dramatic, tragic, ultimately triumphant political arc of South Africa 1880s-1980s.
(Work in Progress) Non-fiction: Creativity and Wisdom Merging: Forming Mind Structures
Contemplating fundamental ideas about the human condition. Philosophical understanding of literature and literary understanding of philosophy provides us with firm ground for discovery.
Political Memoir–Inside Apartheid
Inside Apartheid (1988) bears witness to the horrors of living within the apartheid system from the perspective of a white activist. Levine, a crusading freelance journalist, was an elected public official, and she held office in many anti-apartheid organizations. She shares her love for the country as she fights against the tyranny of racism that tears at the lives of all South Africans. Inside Apartheid was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, Kirkus Review, et al.
Kirkus review: “A grim account by a white liberal South African expatriate of life “”in the belly of the beast”” that is apartheid. . . A compelling, chastening work.” (Read more…)
Learn more about the book at www.leelasgift.com.
Janet’s latest book, a novel, “Leela’s Gift” (2009) is available at www.amazon.com and other online and brick bookstores. It describes a luminous inner journey that uncovers archetypal and highly relevant spiritual teachings including some of the secret teachings of Buddhism and the Enneagram. Among these are meditation and yoga practices, practical paths to freedom from the often dispiriting quality of our contemporary lives. “Leela’s Gift” intertwines modern philosophy and primal wisdom in telling a story as old as the human heart. You can read more about the novel and Janet’s work at www.leelasgift.com.
Her book, Know Your Parenting Personality: How To Use the Enneagram To Become The Best Parent You Can Be (2003) is available from John Wiley & Sons. It is filled with practical advice taken from interviews with scores of parents and uses the e-model as a tool to improve family dynamics. You can read more about the book at www.parentingpersonality.com. Since its publication, The Enneagram Intelligences: Understanding Personality for Effective Teaching and Learning (1999) from Greenwood Publishing Group has helped thousands of educators to understand their motivations for how they teach and how their students learn. In 2000 it was nominated for the 2001 Grawemeyer Education Award. Translated into several languages it is now regarded as a “classic” work in Enneagram studies. Both these books are available in e-book formats.
Would you like to know your Enneagram personality profile? Based on a major study of over a thousand participants Janet has designed and refined specialized Triads Personality Indicators (TPI) one each for Educators, Students, and Parents. Once you complete the questionnaire you will be directed to your place on the E-model and then to your E-type. If you are at all curious please check out the relevant TPI now. Founder of Transforming Teaching Workshops, an educational enterprise dedicated to spreading knowledge of personality studies on education and related fields, in the 1990s she directed the National Educators Institute at Milton Academy. She has presented this work at conferences and workshops for many years, predominantly to educators at all levels and internationally.
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 (see right hand column on this page) and connecting with hundreds (most days over a thousand) people whom comment on the blog.
What is Janet currently reading?
The First Human by Anne Gibbons
“The First Human” by science writer Anne Gibbons is an excellent overview of Pliocene hominid discoveries that push our human ancestry back to 7 million years ago. A definite read for all you amateur paleontologists and archeologists–like me–out there. Highly recommend.
A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey
Another intriguing book from a brilliant Australian writer.
Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwall
Centers on Richard Shakespeare, Will’s brother. Set in the Elizabethan London theater world amid the intrigue, passion, jealousy and ambition. Undercurrents of the always precarious reign of Elizabeth 1 threatens all. Page turning story telling.
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas
Stunning debut novel — though not without some flaws—a kitchy ending, too many interruptions to the narrative with extraneous material (no spoilers). Those caveats aside there is a wealth of superb writing, mature insights, and breath-taking risks on the part of the author. Joan Ashby emerges as such tangible and real character that you can scarcely believe this is a feat of fiction and not biography. Highly recommend.
Sacrificed by Chanette Paul. Gripping thriller and family saga. See link to review above. The Shape of Bones by Brazilian author Daniel Galera, a coming of age story set in Brazil with an intriguing matrix of ideas. Written in sharply etched and intelligent prose. English translation is excellent. The History of Bees by Maja Lunde, a tale spun over three time periods highlighting the vital role of bees in the global eco-system. Lunde is a Norwegian author, the book an international best-seller.
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Janet Levine’s Recent Blog Posts
- Janet Levine Blog: NYJB REVIEW: The Resurrection of Joan Ashby
- JANET LEVINE BLOG: NYJB REVIEW: In the Midst of Winter
- JANET LEVINE BLOG: NYJB REVIEW: Sacrificed
- JANET LEVINE BLOG: NYJB REVIEW: Stolen Girls
- JANET LEVINE BLOG: NYJB REVIEW: Long Black Veil: A Novel
- JANET LEVINE BLOG: NYJB REVIEW: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
- JANET LEVINE BLOG: NYJB BOOK REVIEW: After 9/11: One Girl’s Journey through Darkness to a New Beginning