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Broken (in the best possible way)

By Jenny Lawson Hardcover, 287 pages, 2021. Henry Holt & Co I approached this book with trepidation because it dealt with anxiety, depression, disease, physical ailments, chronic pain, and mental illness. Notorious downers. Who wants […]

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The stigma of mental illness

A mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling, behavior or mood. These conditions deeply impact day-to-day living and may also affect the ability to relate to others.” (National Alliance of Mental […]

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When a recipe for murder is ignored

I was excited to read “Arsenic and Adobo” by Mia Manansala, a Filipino-American in Chicago. This year’s book trends show that US publishers have actively sought non-white, Asian, and female writers—authors historically ignored in the […]

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BOOK TRENDS 2021

While the 2020 pandemic raged around the world, racists raged against Asians. Amid the abuse, Asian books surged in popularity. The book-into-movie “Crazy Rich Asians” in 2018 signaled the worldwide bankability of Asians in movies […]