Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey among Hasidic Girls

Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey among Hasidic Girls

by Stephanie Wellen Levine, Carol Gilligan
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ISBN-10:
081475192X
ISBN-13:
9780814751923
Pub. Date:
11/26/2003
Publisher:
New York University Press

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Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey among Hasidic Girls 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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MYSTICS, MAVERICKS,AND MERRYMAKERS is an incredible read. Who would have thought that Hasidic girls would be so diverse, or that one writer could capture each one of these teenagers¿ spirits with such depth? I¿m still thinking about the young women: the charismatic but hard to control kid with passionate faith, the brilliant nonconformist who flirts with suicide, the intense nerd who is so religious her peers have trouble understanding her, and so many others. This book is a masterpiece of creative empathy¿it¿s incredible how well the author communes with each girl¿s hopes and struggles. Levine¿s writing is exquisite. I still have lovely phrases of hers etched in my mind. I can¿t remember when I last read a book that taught me so much in such beautiful language. The conclusion¿s ideas about how readers could learn from the Hasidic community as they try to negotiate their own lives are fascinating¿this book really has wide relevance beyond Hasidic borders. Levine¿s analysis at the end of what it all means will blow you away. Levine is a wonderful storyteller; I got engrossed in these girls¿ lives. It was incredible to see how different they were from most Americans, with their strict laws and intriguing rituals, and yet how well I could relate to their struggles, thoughts, and triumphs. When I say this book is fabulous, I mean it as a sincere and honest critic. I can¿t recommend Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers highly enough.