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Books I've Devoured Lately 

If we could see our human lives charted on a graph, mine would look like busy ricrac clinging to a Peter Pan collar, unraveling loose in places and double stitched zigzag in others by someone who sews, well like me. I dislike hyperbolic statements such as, “this book changed my life” because change is constant regardless. Like many of you, the pandemic allowed me to slow down enough to see the change in bigger increments, observe and make decisions in a more conscious way by vision that was less blurred by life's whirling spectacle. Evidenced by that speed of life, I have not read any books for over a decade. It was the blessing of clients looking in the North end and a closed bridge resulting in untold hours on the road that allowed me to voraciously devour audiobooks like a starved kitten lapping full cream milk. These are a few of my nonfiction recommendations.    

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk M.D. 

. This opened a curtain I’ve stood in front of my entire life, all the while thinking it was the horizon. This book gave me crystal clear insight to humanity both historically and presently and I could not possibly recommend it highly enough. Its relevance shone a bright light on the human trauma we're all witnessing and no one is immune. 

Caste- The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

This powerful read gave me a deep understanding of America, it's caste system and how we got where we are now; more importantly why we haven't moved off of dead center, because not knowing the right questions to ask has served to apply a woefully inadequate band aid to a societal hemorrhage. It is a must read.


The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore 

I consider myself a feminist and this read was an eye awakening whiplash. In 1860, my great grandmother’s time, a husband legally commits his wife to the Illinois State Mental Hospital. This was a common practice upheld by law when wives were too outspoken or could not be controlled by their husbands. Elizabeth Packard’s story is inspirational as she fights for her freedom.

I'd love to hear what you are reading that has changed you in some way?

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