Read this book when I was in high school,fast forward some 35+ years have re-read The Bell Jar. Fascinating, painstaking account of depression in a yoRead this book when I was in high school,fast forward some 35+ years have re-read The Bell Jar. Fascinating, painstaking account of depression in a young woman's life. At that time trying to determine if the character had a precipitating event or family situation that triggered her depression, or perhaps genetic predisposition towards mental health issues, I felt was important. I thought to know this we could fix or cure the situation.I still feel this information is important, yet now I realize that depression can often be a chronic situation, that we should be more aware of, and be thoughtful in speaking about to friends and family,there may not be a quick fix. Having survived my teens and now have my own I know many young people have painful adolescense, low self esteem, perhaps leading to depression issues. What makes some people more fragile or resilient is a very interesting subject. Sylvia Plath's book is by many accounts based on her personal life. Agonizing thoughts about suicide, time spent in a mental institution during the 1950's. Her accounts of how women felt about sex, marriage and choice to pursue a professional life and how those factors were perceived at the time was so interesting, I am so glad women have come so far.We've come a long way with information, medication, and care, re:depression, and yet suicide still occurs as if by surprise. The Bell Jar should be considered a classic read....more
A charming, delightful read. I would not consider myself a shoe whore, but I will admit I had some thought provoking moments while reading this book.A charming, delightful read. I would not consider myself a shoe whore, but I will admit I had some thought provoking moments while reading this book. I too realized that I could remember particular shoes and or clothing that chronicled particular time periods, or events in my life...I am close in age to this author, so much of what she writes about I can relate to.
Patricia Morrisroe's 9 1/2 narrow My Life in Shoes was well written.I particularly enjoyed her research about shoes in our history. Thank you Goodreads...I was given this ARC as part of a Goodreads giveaway. P.S. Thank you for making me realize that holding onto my daughters red sparkle Mary Jane's was a good thing!
I won this copy of Costa Rica Chica through a Goodreads giveaway ...thank you! I read Jen Seymour's book in just a couple of hours, such a light fun rI won this copy of Costa Rica Chica through a Goodreads giveaway ...thank you! I read Jen Seymour's book in just a couple of hours, such a light fun read, making anyone feel that with careful planning and a bit of research they too can make the move, if they truly want to make this type of change. The author gives me the impression that she is a very positive person. I never get a sense of frustration or irritability in any of her adventures that might cause most Americans to think twice about a move outside of their country. Examples of opening a bank account in a foreign country,or long term being without the convenience of a car, the possibilty of a health crisis she examines as possibilities for better interactions with the culture and the charm of living in Costa Rica. I guess if I were to critique the book I would have wished for Jen to have written more exasperating or difficult adventures she may have experienced during her past 3 years..... just because I like a little tension, and humor. (But again that is just what I like to read) otherwise Costa Rica Chica was an enjoyable read.