Reader's Lounge November 2018
Nov 11, 2018 05:00AM
by Meredith Schickel
Tragedy Plus Time: a Tragi-Comic Memoir by Adam Cayton-Holland
There is an old adage, “Tragedy plus time equals comedy.” In this darkly funny and heartrending memoir, we see the impact that a tragedy can have on an entire family. Just as Adam Cayton-Holland is getting his comedy career going, his youngest sister Lydia commits suicide. Through this candid account of mental illness and loss, we see a family struggling to contain its grief, and finding themselves become even closer because of it.
Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot
After a highly dysfunctional upbringing on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia, Terese Marie Mailhot is diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar II Disorder. Much of the book was written in a series of notebooks she wrote in while living in a psychiatric institution. Through these stylistic and poetic essays, she struggles to free herself from past trauma, and is able to find a path toward healing.
The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont
This inspiring, beautifully illustrated collection honors one hundred exceptional women throughout history and from around the world. From Marie Curie, to Oprah to Malala Yousafzai, this little book celebrates the many women who fought to break down the barriers of traditional gender roles. No matter your perspective, you w ill be sure to discover more about these trailblazers and see how they will continue to empower future generations.
You are on an Airplane by Parker Posey
Indie movie queen Parker Posey, recounts her memoirs as if speaking to a person seated next to her on a plane. In this delightful memoir, she tells of her experiences growing up in Texas, filming movies such as “Dazed and Confused,” “Best in Show,” and my personal favorite, “Party Girl,” and living in New York with her dog. We see her quirky sense of humor and artistic style come through the stories and art collages peppered throughout the book.
Meredith is an Adult Librarian at the Byron Township branch of Kent District Library. She usually hates to finish a book because she gets emotionally attached to the characters.