As I've probably mentioned before, I used to manage a couple of Black bookstores back in the day. And besides being able to do my favorite thing, talk...moreAs I've probably mentioned before, I used to manage a couple of Black bookstores back in the day. And besides being able to do my favorite thing, talk about books all day long, I also learned so much about Black history, African history, and the many cultures within the African diaspora. I came to meet Rastafarians, Hebrew Israelites, Muslims and felt my world become bigger because of it.
Raboteau, the biracial daughter of a Princeton professor of religion, grew up hearing about the concept of "Zion" and the promised land as it relates to the African-American experience. Her childhood best friend was a Jewish woman who relocated to Israel, a place considered "home" for her people and visiting her, comes across a community of Black Jews while in Israel and she begins to take an interest in other black communities who have set off from their place of birth to find their Zion or Promised Land.
Her journey finds her in contact with Black Hebrew Israelites who left America to establish a home in Israel, Ethiopian Jews who have done the same, and Rastafarians who have relocated to their spiritual home of Ethiopia. In visiting these communities and hearing the stories of the seekers, she also reflects on her own need to find a "home" and where she, as a half black woman, belongs in the world. Although this memoir tends to go off the rails at times, it was in the interest of providing historical context to Raboteau's experiences. Quite a unique memoir.(less)
If you are a close friend of mine, you are aware that I have issues with my weight. The issue is I have too much of it right now. I know what I have t...moreIf you are a close friend of mine, you are aware that I have issues with my weight. The issue is I have too much of it right now. I know what I have to do and I pretty much know the reasons behind it, but, as an amateur information gatherer I have to read as much on the subject as possible. That need to know it all (and Oprah) led me to this book. In April there was a brief mention on The Oprah Winfrey Show about the book with a promise of a full show in May and in O, magazine there was an interview with Roth. Based on those two events (and other publicity, I'm sure), women started flocking into the store to buy it.
I have to say that I was not quite impressed with this book. Geneen Roth has written a lot about women and their emotional attachment to food, and while I haven't read any of her other books, I recognize her as somewhat of an expert on this subject. Women, Food and God, however, is nothing but a sort of recap of the seminars that she gives to help women identify and overcome their unhealthly relationships with food. And the "God" part? Not sure what that means. There was no mention of religion, or spirituality or drawing on something greater than yourself to help with any issues surrounding food.
The episode where Roth appears on Oprah is airing later this month and I will definitely watch it to see if there was something that I missed. In any case, I think that one of her other books, When Food Is Love, will probably be more helpful to those looking for a serious work on the subject.(less)