While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal #Giveaway

Saturday, October 04, 2014 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
Love and marriage brought American anthropologist Elizabeth Enslin to a world she never planned to make her own: a life among Brahman in-laws in a remote village in the plains of Nepal. As she faced the challenges of married life, birth, and child-rearing in a foreign culture, she discovered as much about human resilience, and the capacity for courage, as she did about herself.

While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal tells a compelling story of a woman transformed in intimate and unexpected ways. Set against the backdrop of increasing political turmoil in Nepal, Enslin's story takes us deep into the lives of local women as they claim their rightful place in society -- and make their voices heard.

About the Author
Elizabeth Enslin grew up in Seattle and went on to earn her PhD in cultural anthropology from Stanford University in 1990. While a graduate student, she married into a Brahman family in the plains of Nepal. Inspired by local women, especially her mother-in-law, she researched women's organizing, poetics, politics, and agroecology. Her academic essay, "Beyond Writing: Feminist Practice and the Limits of Ethnography," still inspires conversations about feminism and the ethics of research and activism.

Enslin returned to the Pacific Northwest in 1995 and earned her living as a high school and college teacher, a grant writer, and an independent consultant. She has published creative nonfiction and poetry in The Gettysburg Review, Crab Orchard Review, The High Desert Journal, The Raven Chronicles, Opium Magazine, and In Posse Review and received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Oregon Arts Commission and an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize.

She currently lives in a strawbale house in the canyon country of northeastern Oregon, where she raises garlic, pigs, and yaks. While the Gods Were Sleeping is her first book.

For more information please visit http://www.elizabethenslin.com.

The Giveaway
One lucky U.S. reader will win a copy of While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal.

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  1. Carl Scott said...

    I'm about to start Without You There Is No Us by Suki Kim. Thanks

  2. Mandy Kauffman said...

    Right now I am reading Madd Adam by Margaret Atwood (my favorite author!). Next up is an updated to the Jack the Ripper case based on recent DNA evidence.


  3. Nancy said...

    I am about to start reading Straight into Darkness by Faye Kellerman.

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  4. Kristie said...

    Right now I'm reading "Mr. Miracle" by Debbie Macomber. Yay! My next read is going to be a nonfiction book about education called "Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling" by John Taylor Gatto. Can't wait!!
    kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  5. TriciaD said...

    Gone Girl is on my reading list. The hunger games is also on the list.

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