Cambridge, MA, United States
Benedek graduated from Harvard College in 1980.
(An in-depth account of the continuing battle between the ...)
An in-depth account of the continuing battle between the Navajos and Hopis over millions of acres of disputed Arizona land discusses the actors in the battle - Hopi farmers, Navajo sheepherders, mining and energy interests, lawyers, the government, and others.
(Reprint of a 1995 biography of a contemporary woman, whic...)
Reprint of a 1995 biography of a contemporary woman, which also contains a lesson about the power of the past. Tells the story of Ella Bedonie, who was born on the Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona and found herself forced to balance her religious beliefs and family ties with the lures of materialism and modernity when a government relocation program moved her family into a suburban housing development. Woven through her story - a tale of negotiating the distance between the sacred and the profane - is her father's narrative of her parents' own life and times. Lacks an index.
(Emily Benedek, the author of two highly regarded books on...)
Emily Benedek, the author of two highly regarded books on the traditions and conflicts of Native Americans of the Southwest, suddenly found herself in the mid-1990s grappling with certain traditions and conflicts of her own. Stricken with a case of temporary blindness, she had an experience - unprecedented in her life - which she was able to understand only as an apprehension of the divine. Stirred and confused, Benedek took herself to a humble storefront synagogue in Dallas, where she was then living. Among the welcoming congregants, she began a spiritual journey that gradually led her back to Jewish practice and belief.
(Four airliners are blown out of the sky - a devastating s...)
Four airliners are blown out of the sky - a devastating string of attacks taking hundreds of lives and striking fear into people and governments around the globe. Marie Peterssen, an ambitious young aviation reporter, has a hunch about the crashes, and her suspicions are confirmed when she’s approached by Julian Granot, an Israeli airline security expert and former Special Forces commando who has noticed her work. Julian offers Marie a rare lead, one that will send her to London and later into the devastation of war-torn Iraq.
Benedek graduated from Harvard in 1980.
Benedek's first book, The Wind Won't Know Me: A History of the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute, was published in 1992. It documents the land dispute which has existed between the Navajo and Hopi for centuries but worsened in the 1970's and 1980's when hundreds of Navajos were relocated. Benedek gives a detailed look at the particulars of the dispute as well as personal accounts of how the dispute has affected the two tribes.
In 1995, Benedek published her next book, Beyond the Four Corners of the World: A Navajo Woman's Journey. While researching her first book she met Ella Bedonie, a Navajo woman struggling to hold her family and culture together. Forced to attend a government boarding school where she was unfairly punished for trying to maintain Navajo culture, Bedonie attended college and married a man who was killed shortly after in Vietnam. Left a widow with a small child, Bedonie returned to the reservation and consented to an arranged marriage. There she faced many of the land dispute problems discussed in Benedek's first book and consequently left with her husband to build a house in suburbia with the help of government relocation payments. Her problems only worsened however, when her son joined a gang and nearly died and she was diagnosed with cancer, whereupon she moved her family back to the reservation. Through all this Bedonie struggled to find a balance between her own traditions and culture and the inescapable American culture.
In 2001, Benedek chose to turn to her own spiritual and cultural struggles for her next book. In the early 1990's Benedek moved to Dallas to be with her boyfriend and start a new job as a producer for WFAA-Channel Eight. After suffering disappointments in her relationship and job, Benedek awoke one morning unable to see. The temporary loss of sight was later attributed to lyme disease, but Benedek wondered if this loss was symbolic of her loss of vision and clarity in her own life. Benedek, born Jewish but raised in a secular household, began attending Jewish mysticism classes and Saturday services. She became enthralled with Orthodox Judaism, though she disagreed with its treatment of women. She found a psychoanalyst who helped her answer many of her questions of spirituality. She moved back to New York, visited Israel, and met and married her husband. This struggle is documented in her third book, Through the Unknown, Remembered Gate: A Spiritual Journey. She took the title from the T. S. Eliot poem "Four Quartets." Benedek explained this title in her interview on the Schocken Books Web site, "In addition to feeling I had walked through a door and found a treasure beyond imaging - the texts - I also realized that the treasure was mine and had been waiting all my life for me to discover." A reviewer for Publishers Weekly found that "for the most part she simply lists and explains the rituals of her newfound community, making her story seem more like a tour-bus ride than a spiritual journey."
(An in-depth account of the continuing battle between the ...)1992
(Emily Benedek, the author of two highly regarded books on...)2001
(Four airliners are blown out of the sky - a devastating s...)2007
(Reprint of a 1995 biography of a contemporary woman, whic...)1995
Benedek married Jonathan Zhukovsky on September 14, 1997. The couple had two daughters.