Depression and mental illness must be acknowledged. Just because it cannot be seen doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It’s real and its killing people. We as a nation must engage in conversation; as Matt says, it took him more than a decade to be able to talk openly about his experience. But when he did, the benefits were immense. Continue reading ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’ By Matt Haig » Changing Pages
Many people probably participate in polyamory, but they are afraid to tell friends and family so they keep it hidden simply because it’s easier. I hope books like this are going to become more and more common as we open our minds to other forms of love in the world. Seriously people, why can’t we all just get along and mind our own business? Continue reading ‘Next Year For Sure’ By Zoey Leigh Peterson » I’ve Read This
It’s a subject which I suspect takes some courage to take on for fear of getting it wrong. I think Charity Norman got it very right. I don’t know what the author’s own experience of this particular subject is, but she writes authoritatively and sympathetically about a situation that the majority of us probably have little or no experience of. Continue reading ‘The New Woman’ By Charity Norman » Changing Pages
There’s more to this story than just shadowy corners and suspect characters — the horrible mistreatment and commodification of women’s bodies is the most compelling part of this novel. Continue reading ‘Norma’ By Sofi Oksanen, Translated By Owen Witesman » I’ve Read This
As soon as that realization dawned and I acknowledged it, I was giving myself permission to put it down and stop struggling to read it. I wasn’t admitting defeat or giving up; I was just making a choice. Continue reading In Need of a Comforting Read: The Right Book At The Right Time Can Succor, Soothe, & Calm A Troubled Soul Or A Weary Mind » Changing Pages
The Girl Who Said Sorry by Hayoung Yim is a testament to the contradicting double standards that young girls and women face on a daily basis. As an amazing bonus, 50% proceeds from this book goes to serve Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation adolescent girl campaign. Continue reading ‘The Girl Who Said Sorry’ By Hayoung Yim, Illustrations By Marta M.
I highly recommend this collection for those who enjoy reading about female agency and sexual liberation as well as those who are interested in writing on these topics and would like to find a creative model to follow. Continue reading Angela Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber’ Is A Staple In English British Literature Courses (& A Pretty Awesome Book Of Short Stories Too)