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Confessions of a Worrywart

While reading Susan Orlins’s poignant memoir, I was reminded continuously of the catchphrase from the late ’60s and early ’70s feminist movement: “The personal is political.” The specifics of Orlins’s life story are hers alone, but as many of her experiences, thoughts, and feelings are...


Summer Island

"It was the impurity in her heart that made her successful. She was an ordinary woman who’d made extraordinary mistakes. She understood every nuance of need and loss."
~ Summer Island
Given my love for women’s fiction, I’m enthusiastic when I discover a new writer’s...


Book Review: Mania

The Beat Generation of the 1950s was part of an extremely controversial cultural phenomenon that continues to influence us to this day. Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and other members of this counterculture are still the subject of numerous works. Just last...


The Stress Less Workbook

I received The Stress Less Workbook by Jonathan S. Abramowitz when I was recovering from a case of shingles -- brought on, of course, by stress.
I'm clearly not alone in suffering the negative effects of stress. According to the American Psychological Association's "Stress in...


The Song Remains the Same

“I really enjoyed playing with the idea of ‘who are we without our memories’? Do you make the same choices? Do the same things make you happy?” - Allison Winn Scotch
Imagine waking up one day without your memory. Your history is depleted, and...