In Maid, Land’s writing is so compelling that the book kept calling to me. While I already follow Stephanie on social media and know a summary of her personal story, I was anxious to get back into the pages and make sure she would be okay.
A Drop in the Ocean is a book for anyone curious to read an honest account of how challenging, inspiring, and ultimately rewarding it can be to venture across the open water with only your vessel, experience, and wits to guide you. Jasna deftly describes the frequent fatigue and sleep deprivation, the isolation, extreme weather conditions, and a natural environment that could prove life threatening without the proper experience and just a tiny bit of luck too.
Small Animals is a fascinating, revelatory read. If you are a parent who is looking for a reason to step away from the fear-based practices of your peers and if you are curious as to why parenting methodologies have changed so rapidly in the last 40 years, I highly recommend you buy her book. If you are looking for an alternative to the way our culture is pushing us all to parent, then get a copy of Small Animals. I also suggest you check out the Free-Range Parenting movement, first started by Lenore Skenazy and her community called Let Grow to find like-minded individuals.
I picked up Janelle Hanchett's book, I'm Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering, and could not put it down.
Her words are so real, so honest, so complete, that I sometimes didn't know what to do with myself. I was drawn to her story. I related to it, I cringed through it, I laughed, and my heart ached too.
This is a book you should buy. This is a book we should all read. I'm left with the tumultuous emotions of motherhood, addiction, mental illness, belief & unbelief, childhood memories, and rosemary carrots.
Torre DeRoche is like the friend you have that is always off adventuring and has an amazing gift for writing those adventures down. Sometimes you wish you were right there with her, other times, you like reading about what she is experiencing, but you'd rather pass on the hard parts. In her book, The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World: Love, Loss, and Other Catastrophes--through Italy, India, and Beyond, Torre is excellent at carrying you through both the good and the bad and she shares her insights on travel, love, life, and loss unpretentiously.
For my friend, Autumn Ware's new book, Les Stone Cold Killers, a Perilous and Sparks adventure, imagine the TV show The Americans, but campy, set in the 60s, with gender-bending protagonists sleuthing the streets of New York and Paris. It's intrigue, it's resourceful soubrettes, it's careening through the French countryside in an Aston Martin and spy gadgets that freeze or explode to keep you guessing. This book is flying first class when you thought you'd be in coach. It's a delight. Looking forward to book number two!
If you've ever had a parent suffering from dementia, Marrying George Clooney will probably speak to you, as will her candid discussion of her mother's emotional absence from her childhood. She deftly addresses how an aging parent can somehow end up like a child and anyone who has had to mother or father their own parents will appreciate how she moves through this bizarre circle of life so many of us may face.