5 Life and Writing Lessons From A World Famous Author
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5 Life and Writing Lessons From A World Famous Author

His latest work though is a very different kind of book. Instead of creating worlds in a well or alternate universes through tunnels, Murakami has released a book about his experiences as a career author, and in it, he details all the highs and lows of what it is really like to write books for over 35 years. In this book, he talks about each section being a speech rather than an essay or memoir, and I feel like that is perhaps the best way to think of this book. It does feel like Murakami is talking to you – delivering a speech at a graduation or event. Considering that Murakami rarely makes public appearances, he does this kind of speech writing well. Continue reading

An Authentic Memoir About Dying: “Walking Him Home” by Joanne Tubbs Kelly
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An Authentic Memoir About Dying: “Walking Him Home” by Joanne Tubbs Kelly

While Kelly memoir is about Alan, it is also about her own journey with finding love in her partnership with Alan, but also being able to love herself. It is a story of discovery through love and loss, and Joanne writes candidly about what her life will be like once Alan is gone. In many ways, it honours Alan and also caries his memory forward. Continue reading

Michelle Zauner’s Best Seller “Crying in H Mart”: what can the fermentation process of kimchi teach us about grief and loss?
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Michelle Zauner’s Best Seller “Crying in H Mart”: what can the fermentation process of kimchi teach us about grief and loss?

I read Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner a few months ago now. It has rightfully been a best seller, a book of the year by all the major news outlets and reviews, and a general literary success across the globe. Everyone is talking about it. Everyone is reading it. In terms of algorithmic (internet) success – I should have written my ‘exclusive’ thoughts on the book long ago. But I didn’t. Continue reading

“True Friends” by Patti Miller: what does it mean to write a memoir about friendships lost and found?
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“True Friends” by Patti Miller: what does it mean to write a memoir about friendships lost and found?

I think everyone experiences the loss of a friendship at some stage in their life, sometimes multiple friendships and the reasons for these losses are vast, complex, and sometimes confusing. It can be as simple as a friend moving to a different state and losing touch. It can be from a fight. And it can also be a slow unwinding that can be anything from ghosting to drifting apart. We have a lot of words to describe romantic love and breakups – we have song after poem, after novel after film about romantic love. Although very little about friendships. Continue reading

A Review of Peg Conway’s Memoir “The Art of Reassembly”: grief will always linger
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A Review of Peg Conway’s Memoir “The Art of Reassembly”: grief will always linger

Note: This audiobook was provided by Books Forward for review purposes. Thank you to the team at Books Forward and the author for sharing their stories with me. This review is my own opinion, and while I was gifted the book to review, I was not paid for anything that I have written here. Disclaimer: … Continue reading

“Dálvi”: A Review of Laura Galloway’s memoir of living in the arctic tundra
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“Dálvi”: A Review of Laura Galloway’s memoir of living in the arctic tundra

This post contains affiliate links. By clicking on the link and making a purchase, I can make a very small commission. It is a vital way of keeping my small blog alive. It has been a while since I wrote any reviews or posted articles here. It has been a rough couple of months, I … Continue reading

Literary Olympics: the best (auto)biographies of 2020-2021
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Literary Olympics: the best (auto)biographies of 2020-2021

Disclosure: Sections of the blog may contain affiliate links. If you purchase a book through these links, I may make a small commission. This helps me fund my blog. The Book Olympics continue and today we are talking about autobiographies and biographies. This category is open for books published in 2020-2021 and fall under the … Continue reading

Review of Dr. Joshua Wolrich’s “Food Isn’t Medicine”: Ask yourself the hard questions about your relationship with food
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Review of Dr. Joshua Wolrich’s “Food Isn’t Medicine”: Ask yourself the hard questions about your relationship with food

If you want to change your relationship with food then Wolrich’s book is not a bad place to start. He breaks down complex research practices to help you figure out how medical research is conducted and therefore what the results of each outcome mean. He also helps highlight some of the main misconceptions we have about diet and food. Continue reading

Book Review of “About A Girl”: transgender lives in Australia
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Book Review of “About A Girl”: transgender lives in Australia

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. About a Girl was written by Rebekah Robertson about her experiences as a mother of twins, and as a mother of a trans daughter. Although this goes beyond being just a memoir. … Continue reading

Be “Your Own Kind of Girl” in 2021: A book review of Clare Bowditch’s memoir
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Be “Your Own Kind of Girl” in 2021: A book review of Clare Bowditch’s memoir

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. Clare Bowditch became famous for her singing and songwriting in Melbourne, Australia from the early 2000s. She also went on to be an actress in a nationally famous T.V. series Offspring. Of … Continue reading