Adventure is too small a word to describe the ride and journey that Miss Harris took. Travel of all kinds opens our eyes in different ways. Her writing was the exploration of the rawness that happens when you simply look around.
I didn't know what to expect when I read about The Fourth Monkey, but since it took place in Chicago, involved a serial killer, and was described as "Se7en meets Silence of the Lambs", I had to make its acquaintance.
Brilliant debut. Felt like something written by the sister of the Brothers Grimm but with a modern telling. What Should be Wild is a beautifully written of coming of age story with a wildly strange narrative. Nothing is without its shadow in this book including not only the main character but all of the women that preceded her.
Wow! I knew when I saw this book and read its description in an FSG email newsletter it was going to be quite the story. It did not fail to amaze and surprise me.
They say when a dictator or tyrant takes power, you should keep a list of all the subtle changes so you'll know how to fix them later.
Amy Siskind started such a list when Trump took office and would pass it onto her friends, and from there it grew into a website, and now a book. As much as I try to stay on top of current events, there were things in The List that I had missed which makes it a worthwhile read for anyone interested in modern politics.
If you look at the About Us page on this website you will see a photograph of the original Barbara's Bookstore on Wells Street in Chicago, circa 1963. I was quite familiar with that store, not only because when it opened my wife and I lived a short block away from it but also because it became part of my professional life. No, I was not one of those knowledgeable staff members who was familiar with every title in the store (as the caption states); instead, I was a rookie publisher's sales rep calling on the owner/buyer in hopes of selling her a decent representation of my company's offerings.
"The merest schoolgirl, when she falls in love, has Shakespeare or Keats to speak her mind for her; but let a sufferer try to describe a pain in his head to a doctor and language runs dry."
-- Virginia Woolf, "On Being Ill"
With this, Abby Norman begins her tale of personal pain, self-advocation, and systemic struggle. Each chapter starts with such a quote, and they remind the reader that Ask Me About My Uterus is not a new story, but one that many women and femmes have experienced and chronicled throughout history. While the book is more memoir than scientific study, at its heart is Norman’s diagnosis of endometriosis.