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Down Below by Leonora Carrington - Book Review

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By Leonora Carrington, Marina Warner (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781681370606
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Published: NYRB Classics - April 18th, 2017

Carrington’s Down Below while unlike her eccentric fiction is itself a horrifically surreal memoir. After her lover the Surrealist Max Ernst is interned in a concentration camp, Carrington has a mental breakdown and is herself committed (by her family no less) to a vicious asylum in Spain. She lucidly describes not only her own mental state but also the terrible medical treatments she endured before her final escape with the help of her old nursemaid arriving via submarine, and her subsequent escape from her before making her way to North America where she would become one of Mexico’s greatest painters. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


The Widower's Notebook: A Memoir by Jonathan Santlofer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143132493
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Published: Penguin Books - July 10th, 2018

"I grieve that grief can teach me nothing, nor carry me one step into real nature. " - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Santlofer speaks of grief as a series of details preceding and trailing behind the sudden death of his wife. It does not read as a heinously uplifting account of the ways grief can inspire and better ourselves; it is instead like a conversation with a friend who knows exactly what you are going through. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


The Provocative Colette (NBM Comics Biographies) by Annie Goetzinger - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781681121703
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Published: NBM Publishing - September 15th, 2018

Ghost writer turned famous author, Colette was subversive for her time, throwing off her husband, choosing her own lovers, both men and women, and living her life as it best pleased her. Goetzinger paints her as a force of beauty, leading the way off the beaten path. ~ Reviewed by Hanna Yost


Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143128724
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Published: Penguin Books - February 23rd, 2016

What can I say about this book? Haig is a wise, wise man, and this book should be required reading for all. Our mental health is something we all need to take care of, especially in these tumultuous times, and Haig’s insightful words are a huge help. Whether to understand yourself, or others, better, read this now! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781612197241
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Published: Melville House - September 4th, 2018

Such Fun! A day by day account of life running a bookshop in a quirky, literary town, with its colorful residents. Bythell is charming, and you’ll want to drop in his shop for a chat all the time, and for a while you can with this lovely book. Enjoy. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk by Amy S. Greenberg - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385354134
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Published: Knopf - February 5th, 2019

Well-bred, well-read, well connected, First Lady Sarah Polk wielded immense power behind a polished façade as the demure, pious wife of President James K. Polk. She partnered with his bloody warmongering; freely owned, bought, and sold slaves; preferred politics to domestic rituals, and became known as "Mrs. Presidentess." ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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