After facing severe trauma throughout her childhood, journalist Stephanie Foo is diagnosed with C-PTSD, a condition that affects her health, relationships, and career, even years after she escapes her abusive parents. Foo embarks on a mission to heal her condition, testing and reporting on different forms of therapy and documenting her journey along the way. The result is a carefully researched and deeply personal account of healing and a riveting exploration of the relationship between identity, family, and trauma.
Samatar's dazzling mosaic of history and identity is a memoir/travelogue unlike anything I've read before. It charts the parallel journeys of 19th century Mennonites trekking from Russia to rural Uzbekistan and Samatar’s own pilgrimage, a century later, back to their home village of Ak Metchet, interweaving imaginative explorations of race, religion, martyrdom, Central Asian cinema--and much else.
Darkshire stumbled sideways into the world of antiquarian bookselling when he chanced into a job as the sole apprentice at Henry Sotheran Ltd., a London bookshop established in 1761 (with an organizational system that hasn't changed much since). Darkshire takes us on a playful tour of this world, where you might find anything hidden among the winding stacks or tucked away in a forgotten cabinet, not to mention the myriad curiosities consigned to the Other Cellars. He also introduces us to the eccentric staff and always colorful, sometimes sinister, clientele. Anyone who's worked at a bookstore or spent time in one will delight in his frank and witty assessment of the perks and drawbacks of the business, as well as insight into the ways of the rare book trade.