Eleanor Foa Dienstag Eleanor Foa Dienstag is an author, journalist, photojournalist and corporate writer. Her memoir, "Whither Thou Goest: The Story of an Uprooted Wife," (E.P. Dutton) was published in 1976. Her work can be found at: www.eleanorfoa.com and www.eleanorfoaphotography.com.
Family & Friends · Music

My Hanukkah–Christmas Song

By Eleanor Foa Dienstag
By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

As a child, I found nothing strange about the fact that, despite our being Jewish, we had a huge tree, hung with lots of sparkly decorations, with a panoply of presents underneath. We were Americans. We loved Christmas. So did everyone else.

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Books

Book Review: The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

By Eleanor Foa Dienstag
By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

Not since Doris Lessing's autobiographical Martha Quest series, have I read a book so intensely focused on the inner complexities of what it is to be a modern woman as well as the contradictory emotions—love, jealousy, competitiveness, compassion—of female friendship.

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Arts & Culture · Fine Art

The World of Frida Kahlo

By Eleanor Foa Dienstag
By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

Now through November 1, a wonderful and unique exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden is celebrating the visually rich world of Frida Kahlo’s home, garden, and art—with a strong accent on the garden.

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Books · News

Doris Lessing: Masterful Writer, Confounding Woman

By Eleanor Foa Dienstag
It used to be unseemly for women to admit that, like men, they were aggressive, domineering, selfish, and driven in their work and careers. Fortunately, gone are the days when women pretended their careers “just happened” or they were “lucky.” Now we know that in her life, Lessing was a mix of charm and ruthlessness.
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Arts & Culture · Books

2013 Nobel Prize Winner: Alice Munro

By Eleanor Foa Dienstag
By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

Alice Munro's drama is largely that of the human heart—what used to be pigeonholed as “women’s fiction.” Munro transcended that genre decades ago. She had become an essential literary treasure and source of pleasure.

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