November Book Haul
The Princess Saves Herself In This One
Broken into three parts, Lovelace shares the experiences of growing into a woman from a complicated childhood. Poetry revealing the trauma-filled relationship with her mother, society’s expectations of her as a female, losing love, finding love, and embracing that women are more than “baby making machines.” The last chapter is written solely for the readers, the author’s inspirational messages of self-acceptance. “Silence has always been my loudest scream.” Man has it….
Mad Woman: Poems
Being single and independent can be fun right? It’s like living like one of those “Sex in the City” women with some caveats. At the end of the day, everyone wants the same thing: to be held and cherished by someone, to the be the first person they choose everyday. Some relationships though, simply are never those things and are casual flings. Others are ships that missed the target. What’s noteworthy here, is the letters to “her lovers” she writes in-between lines of prose. It’s like prying into the author’s diary. Wonder what her lovers think about this?
File this one as another “law of attraction” book with inspiration drawn from childhood fairytales, and Einstein’s notes on happiness (the ones given to a bellboy instead of a tip.) The concept is brilliant, yet dying for depth. Research is lacking, and her basis for “why fairytales teach us to dream” are basic at best. If you’re bored give this one a whirl, otherwise I’d skip it. Fascinating tidbit: the author adores Barbie dolls. She explains this in detail.
Ice Cream And Suicide
Word of caution: if you’re fresh out of a breakup, this one isn’t for you, unless you plan to copy and paste passages and send a mournful text to an ex. Or perhaps you’re one of the blessed people in this world, the one who has the perfect relationship and can’t understand why you’re recently single friends “can’t get over it.” From loss, to watching the other person move on, it’s gut wrenching. If you’re daring to hash it out, this book does the trick.
The Manual: A Philosopher’s Guide to Life
A surprisingly quick, and easy to read book of philosophy, so don’t shy away from downloading this one. Brilliant concepts of “the correct way to adult” from work, relationships to personal ethics. On a personal note, I bookmarked and highlighted multiple passages so this one’s definitely worth a paper purchase in addition to digital formats. Favorite verses: 11, 25, 29 and 33.
Art school graduates will both adore and loathe this one. It’s a raw reminder of talent wasting away post graduation. Life’s distractions always put the artist in each of us on the back burner. There’s love, complicated spiteful marriages, children, and everyone’s favorite: waitressing. While Palahniuk is gutting each of us internally apart for not producing the next Mona Lisa, he’s also taking us down a “spiral” of weird shit, think Fight Club here, you know his most famous piece of work. Our main character is indeed a brilliant artist, and there’s a conspiracy regarding her true calling as an artist. One must question if Palahniuk is trying to remind each of us, that art is something we choose, otherwise it will choose you… literally consume you, no matter how much you try to run away.
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