BOOK REVIEWS
By Juliana Joyce Perkins

UPPITY WOMEN OF MEDIEVAL TIMES 

By Vicki León

Well she's at it again! This campy, outrageous imp is out with another
UPPITY WOMEN!!! And this uppity woman rejoices. 

Set in a time of darkness and oppression, this author in her usual style,
illuminates a plethora of wonderful women who would have faded into
oblivion if not for Vicki. Spending weeks, months, years hunting through
old court writings, wall paintings, ancient books, Vicki was determined
to find the pearls that are our fore-sisters and breathe life back into
them. 

Her search and dedication may have been slow, painstaking and sometimes
boring - but NOT the book! We are treated to this uncovered knowledge in
the most delicious of ways. With modern quips and witty commentary we
revel in the strength, audacity, and cunning these women used to make a
difference in the world around them. 

Thanks to Vicki, their efforts serve as an example and foundation to keep
the feminine history alive and vibrant. We have a heritage. We have been
a vital part of bringing about the evolution of humankind. Let us stand
up and cheer, calling them by name and in so doing, elevating us all to
the platform of equality. 

Each woman is assigned her two-page homage. We learn more about them in
those two pages than most other books in print. And we learn it
delightfully. I found myself reading passages to my daughters, my
friends, and my husband. Then I thought "What the heck" and purchased ten
books to give out as gifts. Most of the people I gave them to purchased
other books for their friends. If you want a really good book as your own
or to share, this is it. 

Published by Conari Press Available at local bookstores Soft Cover
$14.95, 247 pages 


EZEKIEL'S CHARIOT By Dana Redfield This Dana Redfield novel has been reprinted from its original 1991 print date. It is currently in production with an Australian film company. The story takes place in a time when Mindy Pope is at a crossroad in her life. Unaware that she has taken paths away from her 'chosen' life, she has given in to life as a childless suburban housewife in a loveless marriage. Enter her young nephew, Jason. But this wizened mentor in child's clothing is more than he seems. Jason encourages Mindy to open her eyes to her reality - sometimes in the most hilarious of ways. She has to make a choice - live in the deception she created or gain the strength to fulfill her destiny; and believe me she'll need all the strength she can muster she's closed her eyes to some pretty intense family dysfunction! Dana Redfield spins a stimulating tale of fate, promise, relationships and intricacies in our human existence. Published by Hampton Roads Available at local bookstores Soft cover $11.95, 242 pages