Megan Stielstra has written a fantastic essay collection, a book that easily made it into my top ten of 2017. These essays cover a range of topics, topics like fear, academia, the internet, and faith.
Whether discussing her close relationship with her father or disclosing her experiences of post-partum depression, Stielstra writes as if we are her confidants. In the titular essay, “The Wrong Way to Save Your Life,” in which her apartment building catches on fire, she compels us, the reader, to question what has value in our lives.
This book came to me at exactly the right time. I found it inspiring, beautifully written, and unflinchingly honest and human. No doubt I will be revisiting it time and time again.
If you're looking for your next great essay collection, or if you're simply looking for the perfect read to kick off the new year, I highly recommend this book.
*Bonus: She's a Chicagoan!
The Wrong Way to Save Your Life is in stores now.