It takes a thoughtful observer to see the unseen. In these essays, Akiko Busch unveils the invisible: whether in art, nature, or in our minds. This is a guidebook on how to appreciate our surroundings. It's filled with beautiful revelations like an examination of the celtic tradition of "thin spaces" - or that place/time where the hidden and visible world are closest (the apot where Heaven and Earth meet).
Let's face it, sex ed in this country is grossly insufficient. Even progressive schools that teach a "comprehensive" curriculum fail to prepare young people for the realities of sexuality and sexual encounters. Perhaps, though, if more people - parents and children alike - read Peggy Orenstein's "Boys & Sex," the right dialogues could begin. This book provides a frank and open space for uncomfortable conversations on how boys are socialized to view themselves, others, and sex itself.
Although specific to the Muslim-American experience, Ayad Akhtar captures an existenstial angst about what it means to be an American, one that rings universal. Through a careful blend of fact and fiction, this Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright digs into sensitive matters like race, money, and politics. He frames this through his own second-generation experience born and raised in the USA as well as the immigrant stories of his mother and father.
Utterly random, yet deeply relatable. This collection of essays on family, anxiety, and friendship will make you laugh, cry, and want to buy yourself a pet plant. Perfect for those in a moment of transition AND those stuck in a state of stasis. Written to be read in short bursts or all at once.
Nguyen's deep knowledge of American history makes this not just a thrilling story about a double agent, but an englightening and educational read. Beautifully written and whipsmart, Nguyen plays with form and function to embody the psyche of his narrator. Nods to Apocalypse Now and other cultural landmarks make this an immersive novel - both timeless and immediately relevnt to our present moment.
This book will pull you in and never let go. Filled with suspense, drama, and beautiful prose. An indictment of the ivory rower, but also a murder mystery. Tragic, funny, and moving.
Each chapter reads like a poem; each poem, a story. Bolano transforms the commonplace into something sensational and surreal. Suddenly, the streets have more color and the people pass you by more slowly. You are the same, yet completely changed.
If you like Salinger, Hemingway, or David Foster Wallace, this is the book for you. A meta-fiction journey into the author's alter ego that finds new depths in the everyday struggles of a writer.
Few can portray the intimacy between two people like Sally Rooney. She captures the pysche of lovers, the turbulence of an affair, and the pitfalls of female friendship.
A book so monumental to my life that I released an album with my band titled JUDITH HERMAN. Over the course of her career, Herman uncovers a revolutionary new diagnosis: complex PTSD. In doing so, she helps an entire generation understand what's going on inside our heads.
A scientific, thorough approach to trauma and healing that details every aspect of Van Der Kolk's research and the experiences of his patients.
Left, right. Left, right. Facing addiction, depression, and trauma, J.M. Thompson was ready to give up. Then, he discovered the sport of ultramarathons. There's a masochism inherent in running 200 miles in one race. (That's more than the distance between Cleveland, OH, and Buffalo, NY.) But in pushing yourself to your absolute limits, life becomes precious, beautiful, and fulfilling.