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

“When All Is Said”: a review of Anne Griffin’s knockout debut novel
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“When All Is Said”: a review of Anne Griffin’s knockout debut novel


Note: plot spoilers and discussions of death by suicide. In February this year, I had the chance to go to Ireland for a long weekend. I’ve been threatening to visit Ireland for years and it was amazing to finally be able to make that happen. Ireland is full of amazing literary nooks and even the … Continue reading

Aging horror and Indigenous stories: a review of Stephen King’s “Pet Sematary”
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Aging horror and Indigenous stories: a review of Stephen King’s “Pet Sematary”


Stephen King published his novel Pet Sematary in 1983, which makes the novel almost 40 years old. The plot hinges on a universal human desire: to beat death and to keep hold of the ones we love. However, like many novels and legends before it, bringing things back from the dead doesn’t always go as … Continue reading

“The F Word”: a review of Lily Pebbles’ book celebrating friendship
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“The F Word”: a review of Lily Pebbles’ book celebrating friendship


Lily Pebbles’ is a lifestyle and beauty Youtuber from the U.K. Her first book, The F Word, is a celebration and personal exploration of contemporary friendships. I have always been interested in friendships, in particular female friendships, because when I moved to Switzerland in 2013 I saw massive shifts in who I thought were friends … Continue reading

Stories from Haiti: a review of Yanique Beliard-Michel’s memoir, “Unique in America”, about American immigration and growing up Haitian
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Stories from Haiti: a review of Yanique Beliard-Michel’s memoir, “Unique in America”, about American immigration and growing up Haitian


Yanique Beliard-Michel’s memoir Unique in America is a recently published memoir about growing up in Haiti and emigrating to the U.S. Her story is extremely important when it comes to the canon of (Haitian) immigrant literature and experiences of Haitian immigrants in America. Haiti, like many colonised places in the world can be forgotten when … Continue reading

“The Unwinding of the Miracle”: a memoir for anyone who has been touched by cancer
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“The Unwinding of the Miracle”: a memoir for anyone who has been touched by cancer


NOTE: Contains discussions about terminal illness. This is the memoir of the year for me. I know it is a bold statement to make considering it is only March and there are nine more months still to go, but I just loved this memoir by Julie Yip-Williams. This memoir spoke to me on so many … Continue reading

Being Muslim in America: a review of Ayser Salman’s memoir “The Wrong End of the Table”
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Being Muslim in America: a review of Ayser Salman’s memoir “The Wrong End of the Table”


Ayser Salman’s memoir The Wrong End of the Table is a story of awkward childhood-teen antics and trying to figure out who you are when you have so many different cultures pulling you in different directions. Salman arrives in the U.S. with her family after they leave fascist Iraq in the 1980s. Figuring out who … Continue reading