My favourite memoir, so far, this year

IMG_3072I’m certainly not the first person to be recommending Tara Westover’s Educated to you. But if all the shooting star worth praise hasn’t convinced you yet, let me try and tell you why you should be reading this memoir.

It opens with a gorgeous description of rural Idaho, the Indian Princess mountain as it’s rugged backdrop, into the home of one family at odds with the rest of the world. Tara Westover was born in 1986 to survivalist Mormon parents without any trace of documentation to account for/or register her birth. Continue reading

Girls Will Be Girls: Dressing Up, Playing Parts and Daring to Act Differently by Emer O’Toole

fullsizeoutput_4525Girls will be Girls by Emer O’Toole is an engaging, witty & interesting look at gender performances, sexuality and how we might do things differently. Gleaning from her own experiences and experimentation with identity, O’Toole challenges the very fabric of societal construct and the way we are socially conditioned to identify, associate and perform our actions & behave in accordance to our gender. Despite the fact that most of us may claim to be feminist, or at least believe in feminist ideas and an egalitarian society, at an intrinsic level we easily accept sexist biases without really questioning it.

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACategory: Non Fiction, Memoirs, Medicine
Rating: 4/5
Author: Paul Kalanithi

As much as it’s about death, it’s about life, and time and our existence and the fragility of it and how it can be plucked away abruptly, like a single blade of grass uprooted from soil. It is an introspection, a quiet mediation, a remainder on the importance of relationships and people in an age surrounded by digital screens and distractions.

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