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Heart Berries
Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Marie Mailhot
Guileless and refreshingly honest, Terese Mailhot's debut memoir chronicles her struggle to balance the beauty of her Native heritage with the often desperate and chaotic reality of life on the reservation. Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar II, Terese Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot's mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners? a story of reconciliation with her father--an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist--who was murdered under mysterious circumstances? and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame. Mailhot "trusts the reader to understand that memory isn't exact, but melded to imagination, pain and what we can bring ourselves to accept." Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people and to her place in the world.
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lovelybookshelf
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I listened to the audiobook and was not a fan of the narrator. She read Mailhot's words with a flat, almost bored inflection throughout. That's a shame, because Mailhot's writing is absolutely stunning. So much so that I could feel the beauty of the phrases despite the narrator. This is a compelling, vulnerable, honest memoir. (CW for childhood sexual abuse and neglect, mental illness) #nativeauthors

rachelm Good to know! 3w
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KatieDid927
Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Mailhot
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Day 4 - Beautiful cover for a beautiful book.

#7days7covers #covercrush

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underground_bks
Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Mailhot
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This brutal, heart-tenderizing memoir was not what I expected from the sweet cover! Mailhot writes gorgeously and with a fierce, direct vulnerability that‘s almost unbearable at times, whether recollecting her mother‘s death, her institutionalization, or losing her son in court. Mailhot bares the heart of the “difficult woman,” and as someone who has also borne that title, I thank her for these heart berries—they come straight from the chest.

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ellarebee
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Finished R is for Rocket. Switching mediums up by listening to an audiobook - Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot. I‘ll admit to backburnering this because I received a copy around the time the Sherman Alexie sexual harassment allegations came out (he wrote the introduction). Onward, I go! #24in48

Megabooks I read this book yesterday. It was quite good. 4mo
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Caterina
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"Her name was Adrienne, like a poet I loved. A woman of exclusion, who loved women enough to give her work solely to them. Adrienne was part of a continuum working against erasure."

What a coincidence that I had a book of Rich's poetry sitting right next to me as I read this paragraph in Heart Berries! #newyearwhodis @Emilymdxn

Tired and sore today, so I'm loving my reading break from packing for the move to California. 2.5 hours for #24in48.

Emilymdxn That‘s amazing! Hope the move is treating you okay, I know how exhausting they can be 😢 4mo
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Megabooks
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Now here is a real book about mental illness (and other things - TW for child abuse, abuse in general, suicide)! Chapter 5 is why I‘ll never have kids. This book is just a squeak off amazing. Highly recommend. 4.5⭐️

#24in48 book 3
#booked2019 #indigenousauthor
#bfcr2 book 21/28 #goteam

Now I start all over with three new books!

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 4mo
Megabooks @wanderinglynn Thanks!! 😘😘 4mo
cewilf Woohoo! I haven‘t started reading for 24in48 but will be soon! 4mo
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Megabooks @cewilf Yay! Glad you‘re joining in! 4mo
RachelO Still stormin‘ on the books! 4mo
Megabooks @RachelO 👍🏻👍🏻🎉🎉 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m guessing #IndigenousAuthor ??!? And yes, this book was PAINFUL but so beautifully written 4mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Very painful and beautiful! You are correct about that and the prompt! I hope your vacation is going well! 😘😘 4mo
Cinfhen Wonky WiFi, jet lag and trying to please dozens of people is making for some bad reading juju😬but I‘m happy to be amongst friends & family 💕 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage This was my #indigenousauthor pick also. It‘s so tough ... but really well crafted. Good job! 4mo
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Cinfhen
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#LilithJuly Catch up from yesterday ~ went with the song lyrics. This memoir by Terese Mailhot, a gifted Indigenous writer beautifully shares her painful beginnings. Her unhealthy #foundations lead to many poor decisions and toxic relationships. Not an easy book to read but her raw honesty will blanket you.

KarenUK Perfect choice.... this sounds like a tough read... 💔 4mo
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CaroPi
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Mehso-so

Is my first reading in the #bookfitnesschallenge #bfc it was short #audiobook. I like some parts but others... I am not sure if I will like it more if I read it. Have very mixed feelings about it. Has anyone else read it? Is just me?

Suet624 I read it and I can imagine that listening to it would not be as impactful. I reallllly liked the book. 5mo
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Blueberry
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My current read.

Megabooks Love the photo! 6mo
Blueberry @Megabooks Thank you ☺ 6mo
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Aswenson
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Loved my reads this month. The Bear and the Nightingale was a favorite. 💕 #swensonreads #swensonreads19

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great job! 📖💖 7mo
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Canndor
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Mehso-so

This memior was my #Booked2019 pick for #indigenousauthor.
There were things I enjoyed about it, mainly the depth and rawness of her emotion.
I am giving it a so-so because it was pretty hard to follow, jumping around in time. It is written like a letter to a past love and took some liberties with shared knowledge that left me feeling like I was missing something or not understanding fully.
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen This was a very raw read but I‘m glad it wasn‘t longer because it was too uncomfortable 7mo
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MelissaSue81
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I feel bad panning this.. the author clearly has talent in writing and had clearly experienced much pain. But the back and forth between past and present had me confused most of the time and I truly could not relate to anything in this memoir. Maybe it would work for another reader, but not for me. #booked2019 and #readingwomenchallenge #indigenousauthor

Cinfhen I found this memoir very raw and difficult/ painful to read. I can see why the structure would confuse you. I was just amazed at her ability to create so much feeling by simply using words. Her prose was very poignant. Good choice for indigenous author. 7mo
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elisebarker
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It‘s a pick for me because Mailhot‘s writing is so powerful and impactful, but her story made me really sad. It made me sad because she seems to be trying to prove she‘s okay now, but really she still seems very angry. I‘m surprised she and her husband are still together to be honest.

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Kathrin
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Didn‘t love this... Reading some other reactions it might have been because I listened to it.

I truly think she is a great writer, but this book lacked in clarity for me, especially because it‘s a memoir. I would like to read fiction by the author.

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Suet624
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I‘m so excited for Mailhot. A well deserved award for this stunning book and $50,000 in prize money. Here‘s hoping she‘s working on her next book. PS: If you decide to read this book (and I hope you do) I hear the audio version is not the way to go.

thebluestocking Interesting. I did read this on audio and did not love it. I wonder if I would have liked it better had I read it in print. 8mo
Suet624 @thebluestocking oh bummer. I heard the narration was awful. This book and Freshwater were my favorites of last year. 8mo
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flying_monkeys
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“Memoir, for me, functions as something vulnerable in a sea of posturing.” Terese Marie Mailhot, Heart Berries

#QuotsyMar19 @TK-421

I‘m in awe of anyone #brave enough to share their personal story w/ the world. A memoir by a woman of color or Indigenous woman takes even more courage. (Roxane Gay‘s Bad Feminist is another example that comes to mind.) I feel grateful for these women who are willing to share so much of themselves with the public.

gradcat This quote is really beautiful to me; the sentiment is so powerful for me because posturing seems to be so common these days. Thanks for this, truly, thank you for this post. 👏🏻 🙏🥰 8mo
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Rachel_nyc
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Warning: unpopular opinion ahead! The writing was beautiful and I admire what the author set out to do with this very raw, very powerful memoir but it just did not work for me. Looking back and thinking about everything she went through, I feel so much empathy but while reading, I never felt an emotional connection. The writing style just did not work for me.

thebluestocking I felt the same way! 8mo
Rachel_nyc @thebluestocking Glad it wasn‘t just me! 8mo
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xicanti
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This is a tough book to read straight through, but it's well worth sticking with. Mailhot is frank about her failures, and about the ways her loved ones failed her, as she delves deep into a myriad of experiences that impacted her mental health. As with all the best memoirs, the reader can feel her root through her life and pull meaning from the space between each thought.

I wish this had made the Canada Reads shortlist. Every sentence crackles.

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xicanti
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Got my Sunday afternoon sorted.

I'm 16% into HEART BERRIES and I already wish the Canada Reads panel had chosen it over THE WOO-WOO. (I assume they kept the shortlist to one book per broad topic, so those two would've been in competition on the mental health front.) Oh well. At least its longlist status still gave me the push to read it.

StephanieMarie They're actually chosen by the panellists, so the reason Heart berries is not on the short list is because no one chose it. I agree about the Woo Woo though - it was my least favourite! 8mo
xicanti @StephanieMarie ahhhh. I always thought the committee had veto power to make sure the panelists chose a decent variety of books. THE WOO-WOO was the one I couldn't finish this year. 8mo
StephanieMarie I think the committee chooses the long list and then the panelists choose from there, but I could be mistaken. I did finish it but it was definitely a struggle and some parts were skimmed rather than read lol. 8mo
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Slritch
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Incredible memoir. Enjoyed this on audio while taking afternoon walks and I found myself taking an extra lap around the block to keep listening

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Stefaniemm
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Every bathroom floor is different, but no mourning I do feels familiar. It feels brand new.

RaimeyGallant Nice quote! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 8mo
Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! 8mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy ❣️ 8mo
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Soubhiville
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Unfortunately the narrator on this didn‘t work for me at all. I‘m still interested in the book though, I may give it a try in the physical form. But for now, it‘s a bail.

MelissaSue81 Oh, good to know.. I actually passed on this audiobook when it came up in my holds, because I had too many others at the time.. maybe I‘ll go with the print when I get around to reading this: 8mo
Hooked_on_books Yeah, I listened to the audio and didn‘t like it. I‘ll be interested to hear what you think about the physical book of you end up reading it. 8mo
Danzrlove I agree. I didn‘t like the narrator at all, but the story was interesting enough that I wanted to know what happened with her. So I stuck it out 8mo
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EleniKara
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Beautifully written, in love with the flow of the words and how hard they hit. This memoir is short yet holds an impactful, honest, and real punch. Heart Berries represents such an underrepresented voice of a Canadian-indigenous woman and paints a picture of mental health that was bravely raw and honest. This was my pick for #booked2019 and #readingwomenchallenge for indigenous author
@4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Wonderful review and absolutely spot on. Not an easy read but certainly worthy. 8mo
Texreader Great review! That cover is so beautiful 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review! 8mo
readordierachel Lovely review of a powerful book. 8mo
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Soubhiville
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I started the tagged audiobook today and went walking in search of flags for #LitsyWalkersBingo. I found a few @kaye , on a different route than my usual. It‘s another chilly very overcast day in Austin!

Kaye Great job ! 9mo
squirrelbrain Wow, you‘re nearly done with the Bingo card! 9mo
Soubhiville @squirrelbrain I‘m getting close! Neck in neck with @julesG ! 9mo
julesG Indeed! Well done! 9mo
Trashcanman @kaye I can't follow you again, I don't know what's going on. 8mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This ticked two reading challenge prompts off for me. But it was much more than that. Mailhot tells us her life in sentences that pack a punch. Their rhythm was hard to settle into, but once I did, her life story just broke me. And then did it again. She‘s just 35, but has been through way harder times than me, that‘s for sure.

Full review www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019
#indigenousauthor #booked2019
#indigenouswoman #readingwomen2019

mcipher Hope you are feeling better today!! ❤️ 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @mcipher Thanks, I am. I‘m supposed to go 24 hours without a fever before I can work again. Of course, my temp went up a tiny bit for 30 minutes. So ... I might have to stay home one more day. Seriously, I‘m going stir crazy! (That‘s a good sign though.) 9mo
mcipher @BarbaraTheBibliophage At least it‘s good reading time, right?! Ugh that stinks though. Especially if you are feeling well again! 9mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @mcipher Yeah, I‘m reading plenty. And my temp is back up higher again. Waaahhhh. I might need some retail therapy! 9mo
mcipher New books to the rescue! 😆 9mo
MelissaSue81 I am considering this one for both of these prompts as well! 9mo
Cinfhen This book was a real gut punch. I was really relieved that it wasn‘t too many pages...I don‘t think my heart could have handled much more. 9mo
Cinfhen I‘m sorry you aren‘t feeling 100% yet 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen I agree. She has survived some intense stuff. Hopefully I‘ll make it all day with no fever. I‘m going stir crazy!!! 9mo
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Deborah42
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Despite being a short book, this memoir isn‘t quick or easy to read, especially for white readers who lack background knowledge about life on a reservation or come into the book expecting a linear story structure.

Mailhot is brutally honest and vulnerable about her history of abuse and mental illness while also crafting her story with gorgeous, poetic prose.

A must read.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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It‘s taken me awhile to get into the rhythm of this book and audiobook. But now I think I‘ve got it. Maybe.

#indigenousauthor #indigenouswoman #heartberries

Suet624 I don‘t know how the audiobook book is, but the print version still lingers in my heart. I loved this book. 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Suet624 She‘s growing on me, for sure. I don‘t love the narrator, though. 9mo
readordierachel I had trouble with the narrator, too. I switched to print and ended up being really moved by it. I think the narrator doesn't get the pacing or tone right. 9mo
Hooked_on_books I didn‘t love this book. I really wanted to, though. 9mo
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ReviewsMayVary
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“I wondered if falling in love looks like a crisis to the observer.” #BookQuotes #AmReading Heart Berries #ReadWomen #Audiobooks

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AnansiGirl
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Not going far with my FriYAy #audiowalk in Wiscofell. Sidewalks are perilously icy and I don‘t have the talent to ice skate around the neighborhood. Made it two blocks away to snap some snowy pics for a friend in California and then it‘s back home for me.

#litsywalkers @kaye

Kaye Good job ! 🌷 9mo
AnansiGirl @kaye thank you 😊 I‘m so ready for spring any day now 🍃 these feet are itching for walking/hiking adventures 🚶🏻‍♀️ 9mo
Kaye I know what you mean. Our snow is all gone today but it‘s still really cold with the wind. I think they said chance of snow 2 days this coming week but I‘m not sure if either day will be a lot or a little 9mo
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PurpleyPumpkin
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An interesting memoir, but not as compelling as I was anticipating. It may have been better if I‘d read it in one sitting. 2.5⭐️

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samjmitchell
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A short but powerful book with descriptive, beautiful writing. Terese faces multiple challenges as she grows up as an indigenous woman - from mental illness, parenting, relationships, self worth. I‘m not sure I‘m actually qualified to review this because I saw myself playing the white woman in all her stories. I can read them but I didn‘t live through them. It‘s rewarding to be reading from another perspective.

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PurpleyPumpkin
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My office closed for an “ice day” today. Ice pellets and freezing rain came down all day and I was very happy to be able to stay home cozy and warm. It gave me a chance to start this emotional memoir. #snowday #iceday #gladtobehome

UwannaPublishme Oh my! 🥶 Hope you‘re staying warm and safe out there. It‘s nice to get a day off to read, but keep the heat cranked, blankets bundled and the fireplace toasty! 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @rather_be_reading Yes, very! I was so relieved not to have to drive in icy conditions! 😅 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Absolutely! My hubby and I stayed home, didn‘t venture out at all. It was just too icy. I didn‘t end up reading as much as I had planned, but it was a productive day in many ways. Having the day off was such a gift. 🙂 9mo
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Johoney
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Community! What to read next? I cannot decide 💁

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Bibliogeekery
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This is a very raw and intense and honest feeling memoir. Terese Marie Mailhot speaks lyrically and candidly about mental health, heart break, childhood abuse and trauma and the intergenerational trauma that Indigenous women are forced to grapple with. It's not an easy read but it's a good and thought-provoking one.

jmofo 👏🖤 9mo
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MirrorMask
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“My people cultivated pain. In a way that god cultivated his garden with the foresight that he could not contain or protect the life within it. Humanity was born out of pain.”

Very powerful, and depressing read. I wish this memoir was read by the author because I don‘t think the narrator did the writing justice.

#2018ReadingWomenShortlist #ReadingWomen #ReadingWomenChallenge #ReadingWomen2019 @thereadingwomen

readordierachel I felt the same way about the narration. 9mo
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amb
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Memoir by an indigenous Canadian, not entirely told in the sequence of events but more in how you remember things not necessarily chronologically but where one story leads you to remember another thing that happened. The author‘s struggle with mental illness is raw, and heartbreaking.

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DebB117
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Gut wrenching lay honest and bare. Terese is completely open about her dysfunctional behaviour and her childhood experiences.

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heidisreads
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A heartbreaking, breathtaking, powerful #memoir that needs readers. And those readers need to talk about it. This book made me want to write again - which I haven‘t done in two and a half years.

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longisland_mom
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TW on everything.
There was nothing, and it didn't always feel like absence, but a white room to paint.

Butterfinger Welcome!! 10mo
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thebluestocking
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#unpopularopinion This book, while clearly important and beautifully written on a sentence level, did not work for me. Each sentence is beautiful and quotable, but they didn‘t seem to go together or work together to build something bigger. It felt jumbled and repetitive and stilted. I listened to the audio, and I don‘t think the narrator did it any favors. That said, I think her story and her ability to turn a phrase is remarkable.

gradcat Great review 👍😍 10mo
MallenNC I didn‘t really like this one either though I felt like I should have. I didn‘t finish it before it was due back to the library. 10mo
readordierachel I started this in audio and switched to print. Made a big difference. 10mo
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thebluestocking @gradcat Thank you! I always get nervous posting reviews like this. 10mo
thebluestocking @MallenNC I hate that feeling that I *should* like a book. I‘m glad I‘m not alone on this one. 10mo
thebluestocking @readordierachel I wondered if that would be the case. Maybe someday I‘ll pick it up in print. 10mo
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longisland_mom
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"I washed my face again and again and considered that, if you knew more about my pain, I might feel less of it."

can't read too much of this book at once because i need cry breaks

RaimeyGallant Nice quote! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 10mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! 10mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 10mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 10mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 10mo
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readordierachel
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Part memoir, part essay collection, part poetry. Mailhot doesn't shy away from painful subjects, and her vulnerability, honesty, and unapologetic desire to be heard, to be seen are very affecting. (TW for abuse and self harm.)

Also, I recommend going print over audio with this one. The narrator is a bit flat. I switched to print about halfway through and it changed the whole tone.

Suet624 I loved this book. One of my top 5 of 2018. 10mo
whatsthEStorey I started this on audio and bailed. Even as short as it is, I was so disinterested, which surprised me, because I was so excited to read it. Interesting to know your experience. Maybe I‘ll try it again in print! 10mo
emtobiasz Thanks for the recommendation to switch to print— I‘m having a similar issue with the audio and couldn‘t understand why I couldn‘t get through such a short book. 10mo
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readordierachel @Suet624 I can see why. She leaves everything on the page. 10mo
readordierachel @whatsthEStorey @emtobiasz I hope you have better luck with it in print! This experience reminded me of why I generally prefer memoirs to be narrated by the author. In this case, I don't think she was taking the right breaths. Seeing how it's structured is important, I think. 10mo
sprainedbrain This sounds good! 10mo
readordierachel @sprainedbrain Definitely worth reading 10mo
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heidisreads
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My #January2019 #TBR is a combination of Christmas presents, #bookclub books and upcoming #library programs. The Harper Lee ones will probably be on #audiobook.
#happynewyear

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MEGR
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“Stars were people in our continuum. Mountains were stories before they were mountains. Things were created by story. The words were conjurers, and the ideas were our mothers.”

LauraBeth ❤️ 11mo
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MEGR
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“Sometimes I know part of me is still a ghost, walking next to my mother, looking for something to make an offering to, holding her hand. Either this feeling means that part of me is dead, or that she‘s alive, somewhere inside of me.”

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MEGR
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“I can‘t believe my reserve of water—from my nose and eyes. I have dormant fluid in my body, every woman does. I don‘t know if I am a cavern or a river.”

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RebeccaH
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Some favorite memoirs of the year.

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MEGR
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“I couldn‘t distinguish the symptoms from my heart. It was polarizing to be told there was a diagnosis for the behaviors I felt justified in having. And then, I knew part of my disease was spiritual or inherited.”

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MEGR
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Not a Christmasy read at all, but it‘s perfect for the in between holiday cooking moments. Every time I have a few minutes in the kitchen, I pick up where I left off and am able to get a few pages in without being too distracted.