I recently read and heard Anne Lamott for the first time and was surprisingly moved by inspirational quotes.
A review of the memoir Starting with Goodbye by Lisa Romeo about her father’s death and her grief.
A review of an honest graphic memoir of a mother’s heroin addition, loss, and a son’s artistic passion.
Reading Educated by Tara Westover reminded me how my grandma told me that she didn’t get to go to school.
Book review of Sick: A Memoir by Porochista Khakpour of her late-stage Lyme disease.
This week I read Beauty in the Broken Places by Allison Pataki. It is the story of how Pataki’s husband Dave suffers a stroke in mid-air as they are flying to Hawaii during their “babymoon” when she was five months pregnant. Not that anyone ever expects a stroke, but he is only 30 and healthy,…
As I read The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind by Barbara K. Lipska, I was looking forward to a medical memoir with the promise of something more. It is the story of a brain scientist who finds out she has multiple tumors that have spread to her brain from a previous melanoma diagnosis. She learns…
Kate Bowler had every reason to ask why when she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Review of Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved)
It is interesting to examine a life by looking at the places where we were most at risk. If I looked at all the places I’ve been and people that are no longer a part of my life, I might find as many as O’Farrell.
Logical Family by Armistead Maupin is about finding your logical family, the place where you belong, which is not necessarily with who or where you were born. As Maupin puts it in the book: “Sooner or later … we must join the diaspora, venturing beyond our biological family to find our logical one, the one…