Unconventional Beginnings

My beach reads this year may be unconventional, but not as unconventional as the childhoods experienced by those of authors Alysia Abbott (Fairyland: a Memoir […]

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A Tale of Two Mothers

Concurrently telling the stories of her mother and Elsa Schiaparelli, Volk captivatingly compares and contrasts the two. Volk’s mother, Audrey’s main preoccupation was to be […]

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Mental Mothers

Midway through Chanel Bonfire, author Wendy Lawless’ mother quips, “My doctor thinks that it’s because of you girls that I drink.”  Substitute take pills, sleep all day, […]

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A Reading Life

If you’re reading a blog about books, you’re probably one of us: a habitual reader. Your life is measured out in pages rather than coffee […]

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Losing her Marbles?

When author Ellen Forney got a diagnosis of bipolar, one of the things she considered was the significant number of artists and writers who suffer(ed) […]

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Haunted

Whether or not you believe in ghosts, it’s clear that Eric Nuzum was haunted–by dread and hopelessness and also by a little blonde girl in […]

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My Friend Dahmer

Yeah, that Dahmer.  Somebody had to have gone to school with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, right?  Comic artist/writer Derf Backderf grew up a few miles […]

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