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Review: Demystifying Diversity by Daralyse Lyons

I really enjoyed how this book looked at diversity through a broad lens. Many books that discuss diversity chose a specific group to discuss (e.g., minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ2S+, disabilities, etc.). Those books have their purpose, but by only looking at one aspect of the diverse world we live in, we can’t view the entirety of our world.

The author shares her story about being a biracial individual, and by doing so, I felt a connection with her and trusted that what she shared came from a place of compassion. She didn’t pretend to understand what everyone was feeling but still managed to give voice to the other diversities by sharing interviews with other individuals. These interviews were an amazing way to explain and share the other diversities that exist in our world.

This is an excellent read that we all need to make the time for.

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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.