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Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lauren Owen: IMG The Other Vampire



It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »

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How Far Is the Ocean from Here
How Far Is the Ocean from Here

Sawadee Reader, April 5, 2009

This is the perfect choice for a book club. The novel examines the timely issue of baby buying (in this case, surrogacy). All the characters make questionable decisions. But the book is never salacious. The story is sweet and quirky, and the characters feel true. Moreover, the narrative grabs you from the first page and pulls you toward the surprising conclusion.
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Swallow the Ocean: A Memoir by Laura Flynn
Swallow the Ocean: A Memoir

Sawadee Reader, April 5, 2009

Lovely, lyrical, and haunting. Laura and her sisters create an imaginary world when their mother slips into schizophrenia. The horrors of the present (a mother who lights fires and fights demons) is contrasted with what could have been. Swallow the Ocean chronicles the end of a charmed marriage and a bitter legal battle over who gets to raise the children. The story is written with tremendous compassion. The only villain is a mysterious disease. When an adult Laura and her sister Sara visit their mother with Sara's children, Laura writes: "My niece and nephew knew she was not quite right. They chatted her up anyway, telling her about dolphins and dinosaurs, about art projects at school. They're troopers, not least because Sara is exactly the kind of mother my mother was when we were small." And in that poignant sentence, we see all that was lost.
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Purge: Rehab Diaries by Nicole Johns
Purge: Rehab Diaries

Sawadee Reader, April 5, 2009

Every once in a while, you read a memoir and you feel as if you know the writer. Purge: Rehab Diaries is one such book. The narrator is warm and funny and honest, and most laudably, she avoids simplistic solutions to complicated problems. This story is unflinching. It will break your heart. But it is also empowering--because truth is empowering. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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