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: 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, …

Reminder: Depression IS Real

It’s easy to say that someone has “the blues” or they are just “lazy,” letting the world pass them by. It’s easy to look at that person from the outside and think they lay in bed all day because they just don’t want to do anything. They let the dishes pile up because they don’t …

Writing with Depression & Anxiety

It’s a strange thing to consider yourself a vessel for stories; it might not be so strange when, in school, you’ve been called a hard worker, a bit of a loner, but one who always meets deadlines and goes above expectations. (Is this a humble brag?) Anyhow, this tends to conjure up severe anxiety over …

A Letter to Neurodivergent Writers

When it comes to depression and anxiety, there can be a tendency to “feel more deeply,” which can be great for connecting with others. At the same time, there are also sublime experiences or intense experiences of both terror and awe. These are sometimes too much to process, and it’s completely understandable to avoid them. …

Imagine Constantly Thinking About Food

Content warning: This piece contains specific eating disorder & OCD habits that may be difficult to read about if you struggle with these experiences. I read the headline of an article that pretty much said, “How Can Someone Obsessed with Food Be Anorexic?” I am now recovering from my eating disorder, and I can tell you …