Staff picks from Alissa
A fascinating account of a middle-aged woman’s one-month quest for mental stability through LSD microdosing. From the day she receives the mysterious package in the mail from a “Lewis Carroll”, we get to follow her courageous journey in all it’s bizarre, funny and realistic detail. Ayelet spares the reader nothing, delving into her struggles with mood disorders, marriage (to author Michael Chabon), mothering, work and the mundane daily tasks we all face. But, this is so much more than just a personal memoir. It is also a powerful indictment of America’s so-called “war on drugs” and how misguided it is, as well as a deep philosophical and historical examination of mind-altering substances and how, when approached responsibly, can deepen and enlighten the human experience. This is a thinking person’s memoir that challenges many of our preconceived notions and encourages us to think outside of the box.
In this searing memoir, the author lays bare her life and profound love for her sister who was killed under suspicious circumstances at the age of 39. In trying to make sense of this tragedy and deal with her own sense of guilt, Kohler explores their privileged, yet somewhat painful, South African childhood set amidst the lushness of the African landscape and the disturbing culture of Apartheid, all of which ultimately leads them into marriages with deceitful and violent men. Although a story of dissolution and innocence lost, it evokes the unbreakable bond between sisters that endures beyond death and violence to give new meaning to the author's life as a writer who is finally able to break free of her oppressive past.
An engrossing memoir about the powerful connection between emotions and eating that might just become the unexpected "diet" book you need - not because it tells you what and how to eat, but because it offers what most weight loss books do not - inspiration. Through raw honesty, humor, and intelligence, Andie Mitchell takes you on her journey of self-discovery and illuminates the path for others along the way.
25-year-old Dan Marshall, living the good life in L.A., is forced to put his privileged young life on hold to return home to Utah to care for his dearly loved, terminally ill parents. He lays bare his soul here, infusing his devastation with shockingly crude and cringe-worthy detail, using his dark sense of humor to create a story this is not only bearable, but often hilarious, especially when combined with tons of cursing, boozing, Mormon hating and a house full of crazy cats. Imagine Beavis and Butthead being literate and kind, telling fart jokes while struggling to cope with overwhelming pain and loss.