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Review: Sixty-Ninth Street Suicide by Sharon Greenwald

It’s not easy to talk about depression and suicide. Most people shy away from this topic and want to hide their heads in the sand. But if we keep doing that then we continue to perpetuate the cycle of stigma. Even those who write about this topic often don’t delve far enough into the depths to make a tsunami of an impact. This book did!

Sharon never shied away from sharing her darkest thoughts about suicide. How she began to plan it and the ways that she couldn’t; until the day that she tried. The book is an emotional roller coaster that connects the reader to the author.

For anyone who has had these thoughts it creates a safe space to know that we are not alone. To those that want to understand a family member this book is a must read. Not only does Sharon share about her depression but also the other struggles in her life. How an eating disorder developed, post partum depression and death of family and friends.

The book is well written and I didn’t want to put it down. Order your copy from amazon.

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Review – My Daze with the Dark Muse by DM Needom

This is not the type of book I would normally pick up but that’s the fun of having books sent to me to review. First off, if you have an aversion to harsh language this is not the book for you. Second, if you have an aversion to reading about sex, this book is not for you.  Other than that this book is an interesting read. B08PF8LXBN

The book starts with being written as if the main character is writing in his journal. I enjoyed this viewpoint as I don’t see it used much. It chronicles his struggle as a falling Rockstar with a drug addiction. The author does a great job in showing the internal struggle of being an addict but not wanting to be an addict.

As the book progresses the main character’s struggle progresses. Eventually, it ends him in rehab, but that is not the end of the story. The real ending (which I won’t give away) is a great twist. I didn’t see that coming and the author does a great job of building the suspense before revealing the twist.

 

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Review: Where the Light Shines by Kelly Inviere

I love poetry and have written quite a bit of it over the years. It was my main coping mechanism during my teenage years when I didn’t think that I could go on. That was how I compiled my first book Thoughts of a Wanderer and even added in some poetry to my mostWhere the Light Shines Through: A Memoir in Poetry by [Kelly Inviere] recent book. The point is I love poetry.

And the book Where the Light Shines by Kelly Inviere is a book of poetry. She uses poetry much in the same way that I did to cope with some difficult and traumatizing times in her life. She does a fantastic job!

Poetry is a very fluid form of expression and there are many ways to write it. Personally, using some type of rhyming scheme is a must. Which is a big positive for this book as Kelly incorporates various strategies of rhyming. It is an easy read but a heartfelt and deep dive read. The more poems that you read the more you can see how the story of her life unfolds. It is a very unique way to write an autobiography and it was a pleasure to read.

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