This has to be one of the most beautiful books I've ever read.
And it's not written; it's all stories from the people themselves.
This is a great memoir about addiction recovery from so many angles:
- women in recovery
- harm reduction
- the many paths to getting clean
- trauma, rape and abuse
- self-reinvention and recreation
- drug policy
Highly recommended. The author is a candid and clear writer who meets the topic with frankness and personal experience in a way that's helpful to those struggling with addiction and those who want to understand the problem better.
What a great book.
Funny: I love it when YA writing is witty
Great voice: told in realistic teenager tones that are consistent
True: so much about girl friendship and first love and fitting in and parents who are too permissive or too repressive
Will def include on next episode of Oral History Podcast.
I have an essay in this book, which came out last week.
Here's what VOYA had to say about it:
A selection of seventeen women writers tell about their experience of first-time sex. The stories reveal a great diversity in age, situation, sexual orientation, gender identification, and even what counts as first-time sex. The resources section provides a bibliography, notes, biographies of all the contributors, and several essays. One essay gives straight-forward advice, empowering young women to be informed and to make their own choices about when and with whom. Kelly Jensen, a former teen librarian, suggests teen novel and nonfiction that deal particularly well with different sexual situations. Parents are also addressed with resources for them as well as advice on opening an on-going conversation with their daughters about their values and experiences around sex. The book serves young women as a kind of rite of passage with a bevy of older sisters telling it like it is, sharing experiences that are rarely talked about. Given the array of experiences (from wedding night to casual encounter) and identifications (hetro, lesbian, bi, and trans) some readers may have difficulties with some of the frankness, diversity, and language. The trade-off, however, is well worth it. The variety emphasizes how individual it is and how important it is for each young woman to make an informed and conscious choice for herself. It turns out the V-word of importance here is not so much "virginity" as it is finding one's own "voice." -- — Elizabeth Matson (5Q 5P J S NA)
Absolutely loved this. THIS is what I want in contemporary fiction.
Great ending. I will read whatever else by Asali Solomon that I can find.
Recommended to me by a graduate school friend who is married to the author. (Thank you, Chris! You have always been so kind.)
I can't say enough about this book.
Probably, I can't say much, because a lot of it is so similar to my experience. Not the yoga part. Or the meditation part. I don't do either of those things.
But the brain-fuck of body image and disordered eating. Yes. Those things. This book is a trip through a woman's mind through a life of self-doubt and self-cruelty and self-imposed discipline that becomes destructive, to a place where she can say, "my body is my best friend," in the words of a toddler schoolmate of her son.
I am so far from saying "my body is my best friend." It's not even a casual acquaintance. It's basically my enemy. I can't remember a time when it wasn't.
I have a long way to go. But reading this book makes it seem like there's a pathway out.
Not being a person who reads a ton of contemporary romance (I like my Highlanders in their kilts or my roguish dukes who plow through brothels searching for love but only gaining sexual skills, okay?) I didn't expect to like this.
I also don't give two shits about BDSM or billionaires.
But, um...THE HEROINE? She's pretty much the top thing.
And...THE RUSSIAN GUY? Sweet water-walking Jesus.
Just finished this. Really great book on so many levels.
I'll talk more in depth about the physical stuff on our Body Image episode of The Oral History Podcast.
But it's a book that resists a triumphant, happy ending for a realistic look at kids whose lives aren't suburban and middle class. It's a story that's full of whimsy AND shittiness. Economic hardship AND abundant friendship. Romantic scenes & situations of absolute heartbreak and assholery. The uncertainty that accompanies a high school graduate's launch into adulthood.
I recommend yall check it out.
Yall have to wait until January 2016 to read this. I feel very sorry for this! But damn. This book is a BOMB of reality in the contemporary YA world.
Put it on your list.
It's out today. Here's what I said about it.
"STILL WATERS is the story of a young man trapped in a life governed by deprivation, manipulation and violence. Ash Parsons has created a world where everyone is a potential enemy and the easiest solutions are delivered by a clenched fist. You will root for Jason, you will ache for his choices, and you will not be able to put this book down until the very last page. A captivating debut.”