Recommended Reading

“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

25
Apr
THE GOLDFINCH

You won’t forget this one. Trauma in early life, the deepest bonds of friendship (formed young) heartbreaking loss, hope, desire, longing, the yearning for belonging. A story and prose that sweeps the reader away, a sharp smack of reality: life is challenging for all of us.

“The Epicure’s Lament” by Kate Christensen

20
Mar
Unknown

A favourite author. A black comedy. A tale of a man (surely an introvert) who craves solitude like air, water. Descriptive, outrageous sexual passages (be forewarned) where LOL is a given. Wild culinary escapades. ¬†A “life is messy” reality.¬†Refreshing, honest and true.

“Codependent No More” by Melody Beattie

31
Jan
CODY

This book gently and beautifully describes an affliction that saps the soul. Codependency is a behaviour, often resulting from trauma, that affects self-esteem, self-worth, sense of self. It is a condition that can be addressed and remedied. Melody Beattie explains how.

“Velva Jean Learns To Drive” by Jennifer Niven

17
Jan
VELVA JEAN

The message of female empowerment sticks. The strength of women, sticks. The haunting portrayal of the Mountains resonates, as do the characters who suffer but carry on with pride and conviction. At what price we maintain our relationships and our dreams, the question.

“Blonde” by Joyce Carol Oates

18
Dec
BLONDE

Deeply engrossing. Graphic. Lurid. Exhausting. You don’t want it to end; you know how it will end. An utterly surprising portrait of a tragic icon no one really knew, understood, or tried to help. Astounding glimpse into mental illness and the gravity of unresolved childhood trauma.