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: 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, …

Living with DID and An Abusive Partner

Being An Alter with DID My name is Alex. 31 years old, living in Massachusetts, but that’s not what my ID will tell you. I am one of the several alters in a system with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Jennifer, “the host,” handles the day to day, with increasing difficulty. While she is normally in control …