Neurodivergent Writers is Shutting Down

Hi bookworms! As some of you know, my boyfriend passed away last Fall, and then I had a miscarriage. Since then, I’ve been in and out of the hospital. I’ve tried to continue to keep up with the book club, but it’s too much for me to do on my own. I wanted to thank …

Book Review: Don’t You Fall Now by Claudia Love Mair

Don’t You Fall Now is a memoir about a mother with bipolar disorder whose son Kamau develops psychosis and falls off a parking structure. It is a book filled with love. I carried the book around town in my bag as I read it and at times, it felt like I was carrying Mair’s beating heart. …

Book Review: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Not all John Green novels are created equal. In Turtles All the Way Down, we are immersed in the portrait of a young woman deep in the throes of mental illness. Like Green himself, Aza has OCD, and it has completely taken over her life. She lives in constant fear of C. difficile colitis and …

Book Review: So You Love An… Alcoholic? By Grace Wroldson

So You Love An… Alcoholic? By Grace Wroldson begins with a series of questions for the reader: “-So you love an alcoholic?-Are you a woman who loves an alcoholic man?-Are you a woman who has spent years trying to love a man who drinks?-Do you want to stop your very unhealthy, toxic love and codependent …

Book Review: Opium Eater: The New Confessions by Carlyn Zwarenstein

I discovered Opium Eater: The New Confessions in a Twitter thread on books to read. I read it in early 2019, and I liked it. I liked it a lot, but I didn’t fully understand some of it. Why did the author seem so obsessed with opium? Why opium specifically and not drugs in general? …

Q&A with Author Carlyn Zwarenstein

June’s book of the month was Opium Eater: The New Confessions by Carlyn Zwarenstein. It’s a discussion of opium and the people, especially creatives, who have used it to relieve mental and physical pain, enhance creativity, and more. Zwarenstein is a writer and journalist based in Toronto. Opium Eater is her first book & a …

Book Review: 9 Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

What is 9 Perfect Strangers About? It’s really a book about relationships in all states: A family after tragedyA marriage in declineNew romantic and friend potential Not all nine characters are given equal weight. The Marconi family, Frances, and Ben and Jessica soak up the most attention. The other three guests and the resort staff …

Book Review: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

You’ll find Speak in the YA section, but don’t let that fool you; this is a difficult, important read that looks at (spoiler) sexual assault, trauma, and social ostracization, and which utilizes some collage elements, strong stylistic choices, and some interesting obfuscation of the passage of time. There’s almost an experimental feel to the disjointed, …

Book Review: Birth of a New Brain by Dyane Harwood

Birth of a New Brain is a memoir about being a mother and wife with postpartum bipolar disorder. It chronicles the development of her bipolar disorder, as well as the narrator “stumbling through [her] new reality of chronic mental illness.” She takes us through her childhood growing up with a father who had bipolar disorder …