This book moved me in a way a book hasn't in years. There was something so raw and emotional in witnessing the mental illness of a parent through the eyes of a child, The innocence and intensity of the narrator's relationship with his mother is made all the more heartbreaking as throughout the telling he slowly comes to terms with the fact that as much as she loves him, she cannot always be there for him. Her realization of the same made for an... (read more)Recommended by Rachel J.
I grew up reading the poems of Dickinson. She was one of the first poets I fell in love with, and much of her work has shaped how I view and write about the world to this day. I knew that there had been turmoil on the road to getting her works published, but I never knew quite how much until now. This book is a must-read for any fan of Emily and her work.Recommended by Rachel J.
I have always loved historical fiction; it makes me feel as though I have a real connection to these places where all these amazing and world-changing things happened. Within the first few pages, Mary Ann Shaffer immerses you in a world with characters that you feel you've known all your life. You truly feel as though you are with them working through all the hardships and unknowns that arose in post-WWII Europe. The fact that it is written in... (read more)Recommended by Rachel J.