BOOKS BY TZIVIA
The exquisitely designed and inspirational book Joy in Every Moment is a treasury of creative, doable ways to uncover little bits of joy in the course of the day that will add up to a lifetime of happiness.
The book appeals to anyone who wants to feel more joyful. Basic instructions for stress-reducing techniques like meditation give readers a boost. Readers can follow the daily routines page by page or flip open to sections that speak to them at that moment.
When author Tzivia Gover decided to leave the world of daily journalism to teach poetry to teen mothers in a small, struggling inner-city neighborhood in western Massachusetts, she couldn’t have felt more different from the urban, Puerto Rican students she came to teach on that first day of class. Nor could she have anticipated the lessons she would learn from and with them.
Learning in Mrs. Towne’s House: A Teacher, Her Students, and the Woman Who Inspired Them (Levellers Press, $18.95) is the story of Gover’s first years teaching at The Care Center, the students she met and the tale she uncovered in their creative, colorful, and slightly chaotic school.
With her students, Gover learns that their school was once home to Elizabeth Towne (1865-1960), an early suffragist and leader of the New Thought movement (precursor of today’s New Age movement). By coincidence, Towne was herself a teen mother who left school at age fourteen to marry. Unhappy in her marriage, she divorced and set out on her own, supporting herself by publishing a magazine that went on to become the nation’s leading New Thought journal.
By turns humorous, informative and moving, Learning in Mrs. Towne’s House tells of Gover’s experience as an idealistic poetry teacher who tries to capture the hearts of the teen mothers who are her students. Faced with the gritty reality of these young women’s lives, she seeks inspiration and refuge in Elizabeth Towne’s story.