Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett- Book Review

imagine me goneEveryone knows someone who struggles with mental illness.  Maybe they don’t even know it.  But when it’s a member of your immediate family, it is hard to miss.  And it affects each member of that family in a different way.  Maybe we inherit those traits.  Maybe we feel guilt.  Maybe we mourn the fact that we can’t do more.  Maybe we ignore.  Maybe we act out, in anger, fear, or desperation.  Continue reading

The Bell Jar- Book Review

the bell jarWhy does this book speak to me so?  Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar.  The book begins so light, so funny, a young girl in New York living any girl’s dream.  She wants to see it all, she wants to experience everything.  Plath perfectly captures what it’s like to see the world in that stage of our lives, full of energy and hope and excitement for the future, but also unsure in a way.  Brave and scared at once.  Right on that line between innocence and loss of innocence: “This dress was cut so queerly I couldn’t wear any sort of bra under it, but that didn’t matter much as I was skinny as a boy and barely rippled, and I liked feeling almost naked on the hot summer nights.” (p. 8). Continue reading