“Anxiety: the missing stage of Grief”: a review and personal exploration of Claire Bidwell-Smith’s grief self-help book
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“Anxiety: the missing stage of Grief”: a review and personal exploration of Claire Bidwell-Smith’s grief self-help book


When my father died in 2011, my whole world was flipped on its head. I have spent most of my 20s coming to terms with death, loss, and grief, and this is also evidenced in the types of books I have read throughout this time. This can be seen in my reviews of fiction works … Continue reading

Roxane Gay Live at the Open Air Literatur Festival in Zurich 2019
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Roxane Gay Live at the Open Air Literatur Festival in Zurich 2019


Roxane Gay’s work has been seminal for feminist and fat liberation movements around the world. She draws on her own experiences about trauma, body image, feminist ideals, and Haitian and Black identity. Seeing her talk about her two most popular books Bad Feminist and Hunger: A memoir of (My) Body. I used Gay’s feminist text … Continue reading

“Pride & Prejudice & Passports”: a review of Corrie Garrett’s immigrant retelling of Jane Austen’s classic
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“Pride & Prejudice & Passports”: a review of Corrie Garrett’s immigrant retelling of Jane Austen’s classic


I’ve read some modern re-tellings of classics that have just fallen flat. Sometimes classics are named classics because they are indeed just that: stories that transcend time. They shape our culture and understanding of the past. They also help us shape our future and in particular the way authors and readers write and engage with … Continue reading

“Is There Still Sex In The City?”: A Review on love, lust, and life in the Big Apple
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“Is There Still Sex In The City?”: A Review on love, lust, and life in the Big Apple


Is There Still Sex In The City? by Candace Bushnell is an exploration of love, lust, and digital dating after 50. How should older women, and men for that matter, navigate single life in a world that has vastly changed since they last dated. As more and more couples split, especially later on in life, … Continue reading

The Best and Worst of Celebrity Memoirs
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The Best and Worst of Celebrity Memoirs


In the last decade, there has been an explosion of celebrities writing memoirs and autobiographies. Within this celebrity genre, comedians and comedic actors and actresses are some of the most published. This is probably due to their ability to entertain and make people laugh. I, like many others, have been drawn to these memoirs and … Continue reading

“On The Come Up” Review: a close look at racial tensions and gang violence in Angie Thomas’ new novel
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“On The Come Up” Review: a close look at racial tensions and gang violence in Angie Thomas’ new novel


On The Come Up is Angie Thomas’ second novel. Her first, The Hate U Give, was a runaway success and was also adapted for film. Thomas’ first novel was amazing and the outstanding reviews and its reception from around the globe are a testament to her writing abilities. With that kind of first-time success, producing … Continue reading

“The Crofter and the Laird”: an insight to Scottish Island life
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“The Crofter and the Laird”: an insight to Scottish Island life


The Crofter and the Laird is a different kind of travel memoir. John McPhee travels to the Scottish island of Colonsay with his family to get closer to his own family’s Scottish roots. As someone with there own expatriated Scottish roots growing up in Australia, I felt a strange connection to McPhee’s book. My father … Continue reading