A debut novel that is artfully told and full of literary surprises, Kristin Bair O’Keeffe’s Thirsty tackles oppression at the turn of the twentieth ce...moreA debut novel that is artfully told and full of literary surprises, Kristin Bair O’Keeffe’s Thirsty tackles oppression at the turn of the twentieth century without wincing. . . . Stark, poetic, and brimming with hope, Thirsty glimpses the uncomfortable truth about what it means to house a battered heart and live a life shackled by seemingly insurmountable circumstances.(less)
The Archetypal Heroine's Journey of the 21st Century For Every Woman, Young or Old: WILD by Cheryl Strayed is the story of a woman's healing journey,...moreThe Archetypal Heroine's Journey of the 21st Century For Every Woman, Young or Old: WILD by Cheryl Strayed is the story of a woman's healing journey, and yet the memoir is so artfully written as to be completely devoid of self-indulgence. The introduction and the story arc are so cinematic that I have no doubt that this book will be made into a successful movie.
More than anything I was aware of the conscious choices that the writer made in telling the story. What to tell. What not to tell. What to wait to tell. The tale is brilliantly told in poetic detail with palpable restraint.
I feel that this story of a woman learning to mother herself and heal the hole in her heart after the loss of her mother and a period of self-destructiveness is deserving of a place in the cannon of literature. We need more books about the heroine's journey. Especially those where the heroine does not die. We need about ten thousand of those to make up for some lost time.
Nature is a major player in WILD. Nature is big and alive and teeming with possibility, danger, and despair in this book. Along the journey, the storyteller encounters nature over and over. She encounters actual nature: a fox, a bull, a bear, frogs, and many others. She has a unforgettably tragic encounter with a horse. She also encounters her own nature, quite squarely.
Strayed had to become empty before she could become full. She took us with her on this journey. When she ached, we ached. When she exulted, we exulted. You almost get the sense, as a reader, that this archetypal journey could happen again or is always happening and is, perhaps, a necessary pattern for living.
To become empty and then to become full is a natural part of the growing and healing journey. Strayed was starved but now she's found. She blinded herself, but ultimately gave herself back the eyes to see.
Thank you, Cheryl Strayed for the gift of a terrible story beautifully told with a modern fairy tale ending, where a woman comes to her senses and therefore to her own rescue. (less)
The message of this book is win-win-win: encourage your children to express their creativity, become more creatively inspired yourself, and transform...moreThe message of this book is win-win-win: encourage your children to express their creativity, become more creatively inspired yourself, and transform the world and the future in the process.
From a parent's point of view, this book is a treasure trove of instruction, advice and lessons on helping kids express themselves in a myriad of creative ways. After reading this book, my only wish was that I could become a child again so that I could have a parent who owned this book and followed the suggestions it contains!
As a person who has worked with Jean through my writing classes and book proposal coaching, I glimpsed this book way, way back, when it was just a glimmer in Jean's eye. Suffice it to say, however, that the final version of this book blows away any preconceived expectations I may have had of how The Artful Parent would turn out. This book is a masterpiece that blends art and parenting in a way that has never been so thoughtfully achieved. The attention to detail in this book is admirable and inspiring.
Hearty thanks to Jean Van't Hul and her dedication and perseverance to the book-creation process. Beautiful books like this are not by chance, they are labors of love. And congrats, as well, to Roost Books for being wise enough to recognize a brilliant author, teacher and parent in Jean, and for doing such a splendid job with the production of this book.
I will recommend The Artful Parent to every parent I ever meet. (less)