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Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781619023345
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 6th, 2018

I’m not going to say a lot about this punch of a memoir, because I firmly believe you should just read it. The writing is so immediate and cutting that describing it feels like sanding down its edges. Trauma ricochets through the author’s family line like a loose bullet. Her father was evil, her mother careless, her relationships with men self-destructive. She writes of her own mental illness, the ways and reasons she feels crazy. Searing & urgent, her story, as she says, is sacred; it has purpose and meaning beyond her own life. It is alive, pulsing, a powerful, transformational force that moves through her. It is not, as she says, a way of transcending pain, but of reconciling with it. She doesn’t forgive trauma, but she transubstantiates it. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501166761
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 6th, 2018

The tender, compassionate way Halliday tells her characters’ stories is the gentle, driving force of this book. Her novel is composed of two seemingly unrelated segments. In the first, a young woman, restlessly going through the motions of her life, has a chance encounter with distinguished author on a park bench. Despite the wide gulf between their ages, they enter into a sweet, generous love affair. The novel’s second part shifts character, time, and place to 2008, in which an Iraqi-American man has been detained in a holding room at Heathrow Airport. His situation may seem much different from the young woman’s, but his concerns dovetail hers: the stronghold of time and the problem of choice, which, like a pill, has side effects. A truly lovely and expansive book, beautifully told. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


Motherhood by Sheila Heti - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781627790772
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 1st, 2018

This memoiristic novel founds itself on a question, simply put but almost impossibly answered: should the narrator have children? Through probing question both philosophical and mystical, the narrator pursues a decision that feels as enormous as time itself. This book is a struggle with body and soul, with the answers women are relentlessly given and the questions the narrator chooses for herself. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


Orphic Paris by Henri Cole - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781681372181
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Published: New York Review Books - April 3rd, 2018

Poet Cole gives his attention to Paris, and from that attention springs a tender, intimate meditation on history, love, and art. A beautiful, nourishing book. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525522119
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Published: Penguin Press - July 10th, 2018

This novel's narrator is hot, rich, and utterly miserable. With the help of a deranged psychiatrist, she constructs a plan to sleep away the pain with a truckload of pharmaceuticals. I fell hard for this bitter, hysterical trip through one young woman's despair and heavily medicated pursuit of happiness. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


The Seas by Samantha Hunt - Book Review

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By Samantha Hunt, Maggie Nelson (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781941040959
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Published: Tin House Books - July 10th, 2018

There are some novels I don't want to speak too much about; I don't want to dilute the thrall they held me in. This book was beautiful and mournful and full of raw wonder, and it lives inside me now. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


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