What’s on your reading list this weekend? Three books – Three! – sit on my reading desk. I completed two already, but the third’s open as this post goes public. I pat myself on the back for reading three this week. My norm’s two a week, but three felt as if I pushed myself to the brink.
The stories quenched my thirst for good stories nonetheless. They range from menstruation nonfiction (Yes, you read right!) to a woman’s affection for a merman. Perhaps, The Shape of Water affected me more than I expected.
Blurb courtesy of Goodreads.com
Lise is thin, neither good-looking nor bad-looking. One day she walks out of her office, acquires a gaudy new outfit, adopts a girlier tone of voice, and heads to the airport to fly south. On the plane, she takes a seat between two men. One is delighted with her company, the other is deeply perturbed. So begins an unnerving journey into the darker recesses of human nature.
While reading the first two chapters of Spark’s novella, I knew this book followed the mindset of someone not clear in their mind. No worries there as I enjoyed countless books with unreliable and kooky protagonists.
However, by the beginning of the third chapter, I left all expectations at the door and buckled myself into a metaphoric electric chair. This book hid its true nature as a basic novella about an unstable woman, but it’s truly a whodunnit.
I’m still not sure what I read. There are two possibilities and I’m not spoiling this tale for the uninitiated.
No matter the case, Spark invites her readers in lunacy. Honestly, the way Lise sprinted around in her madness and lust for attention, I thought I read the inspiration for “Looking for Mr. Goodbar” (Showing my age, but I do not care). After Sparks revelation at the beginning of the third chapter, you cannot help, if you’re not a heartless soul, but feel dread at the turn of each page. Who? When? Why? These questions scream inside your head. She gave us the how. Grisly to be honest and I’m sure, as a woman, she caught flack for writing those words.
By the time Spark gifts the answers, you’re hurt. A good hurt, I imagine, as you’re satisfied, but still wondering what the hell did I just read?
5/5 Orange Scarves
Blurb according to Goodreads.com
Periods enter the spotlight in this essay collection that raises a variety of voices on a topic long shrouded in shame and secrecy.
In this collection, writers of various ages and across racial, cultural, and gender identities share stories about the period. Each of our twelve authors brings an individual perspective and sensibility. They write about homeless periods, nonexistent periods, male periods, political periods, and more. Told with warmth and humor, these essays celebrate all kinds of period experiences.
Periods are a fact of life. It’s time to talk about them.
“The Thank God She’s Here Because I Did Not Want a Kid with Him”
No matter the name, anyone with a period should feel comfortable waxing philosophical about her. This microhistory discusses societal, biological, and cultural complexities with honesty via various writers (e.g. Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman laugh over their “period friendship”).
We hear a trans man’s account of his period and the emotional and mental aspects never discussed, i.e., the fear of others finding out.
A black woman shares how puberty and one’s period negatively stereotypes young black girls in the community, i.e. hypersexualization.
A woman, once homeless, shares tips on how to help local and national homeless women regarding their parents. One such tip: Hand Sanitizer.
Pop culture’s role in founding society’s view on menstruation, i.e. calling it “the curse” and gross.
I would love to see this book in global libraries as menstruation today speaks political volumes. Tampon Tax. Girls not able to go to school due to a lack of supplies. Women are seen as unstable during “their time”. Such nuances are challenged in this book.
Menstruation is normal.
Menstruation is healthy.
Maybe I’m doing so as I type this review.
Viva Le Tampax!
(Or, Kotex, if you’re not a tampon aficionado. Or, Diva Cup, if you rock the cup.)
4/5 Motrin. I knocked one tablet off because the book’s shorter than expected.
I’m reading as this book goes to press. This pic’s an early impression. Tee hee. (Go see The Shape of Water. It’s a beautiful tale. Clean your minds!)
Whatever you read this weekend, make the words count. Learn. Grow. Share.
Peace and Love,