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Kathleen Jenks, Ph.D.

Author's Note
Sunday afternoon
12 July 2009

In mid-March 2004, I created a sweet, tranquil, 19th century-looking Bookstore page in blues and greens for Myth*ing Links. I never added any books, however, and eventually forgot I had ever designed the page.

As someone who daily rode New York City's subways for 15 years, I fell in love with the above painting of a boy engrossed in reading on a subway train. Unfortunately, I misfiled it among my thousands of images and could never find it again. When I suddenly came across it while searching for something else a few days ago, I decided it would be perfect for a Bookstore page. I found the old-fashioned one when I tried to name the new one "bookstore" and discovered that the name was already taken. I still like the 2004 page, but now prefer the new one. [18 July 2009: the 19th century one will soon be available as my Unshelved Annex, a place for books not yet on my more detailed pages.]

Regular Myth*ing Links readers know that I have hundreds of book links scattered throughout my many pages so it will take time for me to find them all, update their amazon links, and shift brief data to this new Bookstore page. So that you can keep track of topics (and the context in which these books are discussed at greater length), I am listing which Myth*ing Links pages they come from.

As a prelude to your exploration of the bookstore, let me share some marvelous quotes about books and reading that I found on a blog(with a fine old bookshop photo) from a woman writing as anam-cara:

What counts in the long run is not what you read; it is what you sift through your own mind; it is the ideas and impressions that are aroused in you by your reading. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests: just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

She took the following from Steve Leveen's The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life:
The way a book is read--which is to say, the qualities a reader brings to a book--can have as much to do with its worth as anything the author puts into it...  (Norman Cousins)

When we are reading a really great book, burdens feel lighter, cares seem smaller, and common places are suddenly delightful.  You become your best optimistic self...The world holds promise.  The atmosphere is cleaner and brighter; a beckoning wind blows your hair.  (Steve Leveen)

Living your well-read life is a way of living higher, with your eyes open to an astonishing world and your mind daily learning more--about the world, yourself, and your untapped capabilities. (Steve Leveen)

Let me tell you something: from then on until I left that prison, in every free moment I had, if I was not reading in the library, I was reading on my bunk.  You couldn't have got me out of books with a wedge...months passed without my even thinking about being imprisoned.  In fact, up to then, I had never been so truly free in my life...the ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.  (Malcolm X)

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book? (Henry David Thoreau)

With that, I hope you'll enjoy browsing and finding appealing books in my "Bookstore" that will open new worlds for you.
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Note: you can click either on book covers or text links.
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Let me begin with my own books -- I loved writing them and remain proud of them. All are currently out of print but still available, often for just a few pennies, as used books:
...Journey of a Dream Animal: A Human Search for Personal Identity -- Foreword by Jean Houston (Julian Press, 1975), by Kathleen Jenks. Immersed in C. G. Jung's work, I began exploring my own dreams the summer of 1963. This is the non-fiction book I wrote about that process, which I discuss on my Dream Consulting page.  (A customer review is available at the above amazon link.)

...(Simon & Schuster Pocket Books' 1977 paperback version of the same book.)

...The River and the Stone (Dutton, 1977) is my historical novel about the early Egyptian years of Moses and his older siblings, Miriam and Aaron. It took 10 years to research and write. It sold poorly (only 1800 copies) but the Library of Congress recorded it for their Talking Books series for the blind and handicapped because, as one of their editors told me, they considered it a classic. It was also translated into Braille by a Jewish organization. It is a strong, mystical, carefully plotted, character-driven novel but its x-rated sections make it unsuitable for younger readers.

...Vengeance of the Cat Goddess (Avon Books, 1973) was my first published book -- a mystery/romance written under the pseudonym of "Jennifer Stephens." It's about a young New York writer who answers an ad for a cat-sitter on an island off the coast of Maine. There, she is trapped by a wealthy, eccentric madman who has built a replica of an ancient Egyptian temple on his remote property and plans to sacrifice her to Egypt's cat goddess, Bast. At the above amazon link is a short 2007 essay I wrote about how the book came to be written.

...The Silver Rose (Tower Books, 1982) is another mystery/romance by "Jennifer Stephens." This one is a love story between two actors involved in a production of one of my favorite plays, Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not for Burning. I actually got a letter from Fry afterwards telling me that he would have loved doing the production I had created because it was so close to his own vision. Again, at the amazon link is a short 2007 essay I wrote about how this book came to be written.

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All of the following books, and/or their authors,
are discussed more fully on:
BEES in the World and in Mythology
(Note: only very brief excerpts from the BEES page are provided below...)

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...The Amber Forest: A Reconstruction of a Vanished World, by George Poinar and his wife Roberta Poinar, published by Princeton University Press, 1999. See excerpt from this book on my "Bees" page (it's under the PBS NOVA link -- do a "search and find" for "George Poinar" to find other mentions of his work on that page).

...Lebanese Amber: The Oldest Insect Ecosystem in Fossilized Resin, again by George Poinar, this time with Raif Milki, published by Oregon State University Press, 2001. It's 96 pages long and includes many color photos.

...This 2006 book from Reaktion's "Animal Series," Claire Preston's Bee, runs 208 pages, has an engaging text and gorgeous art. It's impressive -- really beautifully done, as are all Reaktion's books from the UK.
...The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore, Hilda M. Ransome's classic 1937 work, was re-issued in 2004 by Dover Books. If you're interested in bees and/or mythology and don't already have this in your library, I highly recommend it.

...This is When the Drummers were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm by Layne Redmond, well known frame-drummer and historian. It's a "must" for musicians as well as those interested in Women's Studies, goddesses, feminism, and ancient healing/trance techniques (including a "bee-buzzing" practice called Bhramari, a pranayama practice).

...The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art (Paperback)  is a 335 page work by Linda Schele, Mary Ellen Miller, and Justin Kerr (author and photographer) written for the 1986 Maya art exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. I discuss Justin Kerr's work on Maya themes at some length on my BEES page as well as on my FIREFLIES page. As far as I know, his work on insects is not published in book form. When I "amazon-ed" Kerr's name, 60 entries came up (co-written with other Maya experts), but some of the books are for multi-volume works and/or very rare (and expensive) and/or out-of-print works,  Since this one is more accessible, affordable, and the most likely to include data relevant to insects, I am including it here (other books on the Maya are linked to the above amazon page).

...At the Heart of Precolumbian America: this is a more recent book (October 2008) including Justin Kerr's work.

...This is Ken Schramm's The Compleat Meadmaker, featured in my "Bees and Mead" section on the BEES page. I have met the author (as I describe on that page), own this tantalizing book, and one day I hope I'll be able to make my own rosemary mead.

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[Added 11 September 2009]:
All of the following books, and/or their authors,
are discussed more fully on:
INSECTS in the World and in Mythology
(Note: only very brief excerpts from the original page are provided below...)

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...This is amazon's page for Insect Mythology (paperback edition) by Gene Kritsky and Ron Cherry. It's inexpensive (about $11) and looks as if it's well worth owning.
...From the University of California Press comes a book by Gilbert Waldbauer with an exquisite title: Fireflies, Honey, and Silk.

...This is a 2006 release from the University of Minnesota Press, Insect Poetics (Eric C. Brown, editor).  The book contains essays from various specialists in the sciences as well as the humanities. Do take a look at the authors and titles in the Table of Contents -- this is fine fare indeed.

...Marion Copeland's Cockroach is another of the many literate, gorgeously illustrated paperback books in the "Animal Series" published by Reaktion in the UK.

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[Added 21 July 2009]:
All of the following books, and/or their authors,
are discussed more fully on:
EURASIA/CENTRAL ASIA: AFGHANISTAN
(Note: only very brief excerpts from that original page are provided below...)

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...The Bear Trap: Afghanistan's Untold Story, by Brigadier Mohammad Yousaf and Major Mark Adkin, concerns a very personal account of the fight against the Soviet Union with the often peculiar help of the American CIA.  It is a soldier's well written, lively, hard-hitting, somber account. The above amazon link has some lengthy, terrific, well-balanced customer reviews. By the way, in 2001, this was a free e-book -- some hardbound copies are now selling for nearly $200!  [Tip: you can often find less expensive copies if you google for the title.]

...The Kingdom ofAfghanistan and the United States: 1828-1973: this 1995 book by Ambassador Leon B. Poullada, a career US diplomat who served in Afghanistan as an Economic Officer, and his wife Leila D. J. Poullada is "a combination of memoir, personal recollection, and academic scholarship."

[More Afghan books yet to come....]

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[Added 11 September 2009]:
All of the following books, and/or their authors,
are discussed more fully on:
Common Themes: SHAMANISM
(Note: only very brief excerpts from the original page are provided below...)
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The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (Tarcher/Putnam, 1998), by anthropologist Jeremy Narby, is a pivotal book. Even though I finished reading it years ago, I continue to keep it on my active bookshelf because I so often recommend it to clients and friends (and refer to it myself).  [Note: my comments on the Shamanism page were originally written for my Bookstore Annex, where the full version still remains.]
 
.. Ayahuasca Visions, The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman, a richly illustrated work, co-authored by artist, Pablo Amaringo, and anthropologist Luis Luna. Additionally, here is a link to 24 paintings in that book: http://headoverheels.org.uk/pablo-amaringo/ayahuasca-visions/

...The Soul of Shamanism: Western Fantasies, Imaginal Realities is by the late Daniel C. Noel, a former colleague of mine in the Mythology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute near Santa Barbara, CA.  What Dan lays out so skillfully, from such a wide variety of perspectives and endlessly rich examples, is of great value in luring us more deeply into the nurturing, demanding realms of "an imaginal shamanism."

...To Hear the Angels Sing is a book I have revered for over a quarter of a century. Where  Pablo Ameringo and other shamans make use of ayahuasca to tune into plant spirits and their songs, Dorothy MacLean found ways of communicating with this "singing" devic world without entheogens.

...This is The Deer Goddess of Ancient Siberia: a Study in the Ecology of Belief.by Esther Jacobson, an art historian at the University of Oregon.  The book is rich, evocative, meticulously researched and beautifully written. What first caught my attention are the potent archetypal mythic themes -- amazing data on the larch as world tree; ritual burial dolls (the forerunners of Vasilisa's wise doll-guide in much later Russian fairy tales); Deer Mother/Elk Mother/Bear Mother themes, and more.

...On many levels, psychological, mythic, ethical, archetypal, shamanic, and aesthetic, this is an extraordinary film.  Based on a medieval Sami legend, Pathfinder is a 1989 Norwegian film with Sami actors (once called Laplanders), dialogue in Sami, and English subtitles.

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[Added 16 October 2009]:
All the following books, and/or their authors, are discussed more fully on
"Why Women Can't Sleep":
Common Themes: GENDER ISSUES: WOMEN
(Note: only very brief excerpts from the original page are provided below.)
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...Poet, Judith Roche, winner of a 2007 American Book Award for her Wisdom of the Body.

...Poet, PeterViereck's New and Selected Poems..

...Irene Claremont de Castillejo's splendid Knowing Woman. I have used her work in my personal life as well as in countless lectures. I have found it of immense, on-going, profound value (also shown below under Crones & Sages).

...Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories.

...The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales. Introduction by Padraic Colum and Commentary by Joseph Campbell.

...Andrew Lang: Collected Works.  (Note: this is a link to Volume One, which includes all 12 of his fairy tale books.)

...Jennifer Larson's Greek Heroine Cults.

...Marie-Louise von Franz's The Interpretation of Fairy Tales.

...Murray Stein & my Pacifica Graduate Institute colleague, Lionel Corbett,
Psyche's Stories, Vol.1.

...Murray Stein & my Pacifica Graduate Institute colleague, Lionel Corbett:
Psyche's Stories, Vol. 3.

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[Added 30 November 2009]:
All the following books, and/or their authors, are discussed more fully on:
Common Themes: CRONES & SAGES
(Note: only very brief excerpts from the original page are provided below.)
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...Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival, based on an Athabaskan tale by Gwich'in novelist, Velma Wallis.

..This is Luther Links's 1996 The Devil: The Archfiend in Art From the Sixth to the Sixteenth Century, which includes an historical exploration of how the devil came to be called Lucifer. He mentions the lucifer connection to Venus/Morning Star, but doesn't speculate on the anti-goddess aspect, as I have. Regardless, the book is fascinating and beautifully illustrated.

...Irene Claremont de Castillejo's splendid Knowing Woman. I have used her work in my personal life as well as in countless lectures. I have found it of immense, on-going, profound value (also shown above under Gender Issues: Women).

...The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics, by Elaine Pagels (a passage from this work is cited in the long section on "Lot Watering the Holy Tree").

...The Legends of the Jews (complete 7 volume hardback set) by Louis Ginzberg. This is a fabulous reference work but it's expensive -- $240 for the complete set. You can also buy paperback volumes separately for less money (they're published by a wide variety of publishers).

...Dictionary of the Bible by John L. McKenzie, S.J. Over the years, I have found this a meticulous, invaluable resource. (Note: I also value the tiny-fonted 1967 Pyramid paperback edition of 1863's Smith's Bible Dictionary by William Smith, LL.D. He provides more descriptive richness, literary value, and obscure details that interest me.)

...The New Book of Goddesses & Heroines by Patricia Monaghan. (Note: I loved Patricia's luminous work long before we became friends after she visited me in Michigan shortly after I moved here.)
 

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MORE TO COME....

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18 July 2009, 11:15pm: added my own books at the beginning and "officially" launched the page.
19 July 2009, 4:30pm: added intro quotes about books and reading & tweaked other things.
22 July 2009: added 2 Afghan books yesterday -- more to come.
11 September 2009: added 4 books from General Insects page and six from newly expanded Shamanism page.
16 October 2009: added 10 books from Gender Issues: Women page.
30 November 2009: added 7 books from Crones & Sages.