• Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

An Unconventional Librarian

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Book Review: I am Forbidden – From Left to Write

For the May, From Left to Write offered us a chance to read

I am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits

As I struggled to gain control of my thoughts,

I thought you might appreciate watching.

So here are my thoughts on video.

I apologize in advance for the many movements of my head.

Close your eyes, listen to my voice, or imagine

you and I are sharing a cup of coffee

and discussing this book.

Thanks for viewing!

This post is inspired by I AM FORBIDDEN by Anouk Markovits. Though not sisters by blood but through their Hasidic faith, Mila and Atara views the rules and structure of their culture differently. Mila seeks comfort in the Torah while Atara searches for answers in secular literature she is forbidden to read. Ultimately each must make an irrevocable decision that will change their lives forever. Join From Left to Write on May 8 as we discuss I AM FORBIDDEN. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.


My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.

11 thoughts on “Book Review: I am Forbidden – From Left to Write”
    1. thank you for your supportive comments. sometimes words can’t describe how you feel…

  1. I wept at the end as well. I think it was such a heartbreaking story on so many levels.

    I am Jewish, and agree that the ability to question and debate is one of the most appealing aspects of the religion. But Hasidic Jews are actually quite strict, and most of the questioning is done by the Rabbis and clergy, and certainly not by women.

  2. I was very impressed with your ability to be articulate and so organized in your thoughts, speaking extemporaneously like that. I would have had to write it all out first. I appreciated your appreciation of the novel. If that makes sense. Such an interesting “freudian slip” at the beginning–the image of an unconditional librarian might be worth a blog. I realize that could sound snide and I don’t mean it that way. I really loved the phrase!

    1. haha thanks for the vote of confidence! I like to think that I do accept things unconditionally.

  3. Pammy
    Kudos to you on your video review! It was so personal and interesting to watch. I haven’t gotten up the nerve to post video yet. I too found the questioning nature of the characters in I Am Forbidden very curious. While I respected their methodology however, I’m not so sure they respected anyone who came up with an answer that was outside of the box. I certainly made me want to learn more.

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