Postcards from the Edge

Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher

☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: Fiction

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I looked at the charred, twisted metal and thought, ‘Finally, my outsides match my insides.’

Suzanne Vale is a Hollywood socialite and actress who finds herself in rehab after overdosing and having her stomach pumped. She calculates the first 30 days, her adventure into sobriety, and finding herself without the drugs. The other part of the story follows after Alex, a screenwriter addicted to cocaine and his rock bottom revelation.

Carrie Fisher is able to deliver a world into depression that makes sense and is relatable. She gives hope to the masses through witty retort and let’s us know it’s not the end of the world.

I guess when you find yourself having overdosed, it’s a good indication your life isn’t working. Still, it wasn’t like I planned it. I’m not suicidal. My behavior might be, but I’m certainly not.

I do not do drugs, but I have the mind of an addict/alcoholic.

I highly recommend everything she’s written.

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Miniature Book Binding

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This was another free event provided by my library! Super fun and FREE.

The adult services Librarian walked us through the steps of making our very own miniature books. They provided all of the supplies for us and even walked around and showed us how to do certain steps. Many different prints were available so no two books were the same!

Many thanks to Kitsap Regional Library for providing such an awesome and instructional event!

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A Princess of Mars

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

☆☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: Pulp Scifi

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Hooray for pulpy Scifi books! Published in 1917, this book appealed to boys of all ages. Daring Virginia Gentleman John Carter finds himself on the barren terrain of Mars and is taken prisoner by giant green martians. He stakes a claim and then ends up falling in love with a beautiful human like martian, Dejah Thoris. A love story so vibrant begins to unfold that I’m suprised it didn’t appeal to more ladies back in the day. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It’s a classic. It’s cotton candy for the brain and it was a bit campy. I generally don’t read alot of hardcore scifi, but this one was immensely enjoyable. 🙂

Highly recommended for people who are fans of Scifi books.

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Praying Drunk

Praying Drunk by Kyle Minon

☆☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: Fiction

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Q:What was the purpose of this book?
A: A

catalogue of stories and sadness, beginnings and endings, the stuff of childhood, death. Nothing new can happen here, so all you do is think about the days of life when possibility hadn’t been ripped from you forever, when anything could happen, and wonder why so much was squandered. So much

wasted.

This book was a collection of short stories about the incredibly depressing life of the author. It opens up with the story of how his uncle commited suicide, and continues on to the dark crevices of someone who suffers from manic depression. Preacher turned author Kyle captures the rawness of hurt and solitude in such a way that you will cry while reading and possibly throw up a bit.

This was a terrifyingly good read. I recommend it to those who like books on the morbid side.

If I lose my demons, I lose my angels as well.

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Thinks…

Thinks by David Lodge

☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: Fiction

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I suppose that’s why people read novels…To find out what goes on in other people’s heads.

This is a novel about the discussion of consciousness. The things we think, the way we think, etc. It alternates between 2 individuals, a gentleman recording his thoughts via voice recorder, and bestelling author Helen, who was recently widowed. And how they become entangled in an akward affair.

This book was okay. It was a bit over the top with the scientific side of things, but for the most part an enjoyable read.

A journal is a kind of mirror in which you look at yourself everyday, candidly, unflinchingly-without the protective guise of a mask, without even the flattery of makeup- and tell yourself the truth.

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The Launguage of Sisters

The Launguage of Sisters by Amy Hatvany

☆☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: Fiction

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Here, with my sister and mother in the house where the hardest part of my life occurred, the illusion of contentment I had created was fading fast, leaving nothing but the raw nerves of reality in my path. 

Nicole is brought back home suddenly because of her sister, Jane. Who, with an unnamed retardation, was a victim of rape and is now pregnant. Nicole moves back to Seattle with her estranged mother and her disabled sister and tries to come to term with the past and what the future holds for them. She decides to care for her sister while seeking justice, and learns the meaning of what it takes to be a family.

This was an emotionally hard read. It poses hard to answer questions about topics that can’t be easily disscussed. Similar to My Sister’s Keeper by Piccolt, Jane has no rights as her mother is in charge of her well being. Her mother decides that she should have the baby because Jane can’t answer for herself. Nicole in the end decides to adopt her sisters baby and embraces motherhood, and throws away her life that she built in San Francisco.

Jane was raped in the home she was placed by a male aide. The home decides to settle vs making it public knowledge. It’s very sad because things like this DO HAPPEN and more times than most, they’re covered up. I used to work in a long term care facility. So it struck a chord with me. I don’t think her mother had the right to make her disabled daughter carry her rapists baby. But that’s me. Jane couldn’t answer for herself. Her mother based her desicion over her own guilt of having an abortion and felt that perhaps Jane being born the way she was was her judgement. And by allowing Jane to have the baby, was her redemption.

First and foremost, this is a story about family and coming to terms with the past while trying to fix the present. I recommend it but warn you that parts of it are a little soul wrenching.

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Love Water Memory

Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge

☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: Fiction

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Not everything that feels like a mystery in life is from a missing memory. Life is full of things we can’t figure out.

Lucie Walker finds herself knee deep in the San Francisco Bay with no recollection of who or what she is. The doctors diagnose her with a form of disassociatve amnesia and her fiance Grady comes down from Seattle to collect her. She can’t remeber who she’s supposed to be and with Grady’s help, begins to pick of the pieces of who she was before her mind slip and starts discovering the person she wants to be. Monsters are dug from the closet and she is faced with realizations that tore her memory apart to begin with.

This book wasn’t awful but I felt like it could have been written better. It felt like it was missing a certain kind of omph behind the words. The plot, however, was fantastic.

I have faced some pretty traumatic events in my life and whereas I don’t suffer from amnesia, I understand the blacking out of certain events. So I related go Lucie quite a bit as she tried to find herself.

Overall, a good read, but one I likely won’t revisit. 🙂

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