by Ilana Kurshan

Female Wisdom/Male Knowledge

Ilana M. Blumberg’s Houses of Study (University of Nebraska Press, $24.95) is a love affair with books — both those that open from left to right, and those that open from right to left. In this memoir, which spans two continents and nearly four decades, Blumberg describes the words and texts that shaped her as a feminist, a Jew, a professor of literature, and the mother of a young daughter for whom she now delights, not surprisingly, in selecting books.

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