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Book Review: Kiku Hughes’s Displacement

Book Review: Kiku Hughes’s Displacement

A short joint review; check out our interview with Kiku on the Books Between Sessions Podcast! Listen on Stitcher or watch the video on YouTube!

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Book Review: Jesse Thistle’s From the Ashes

Thistle’s experiences, from being cut off by family members to stealing to stay alive, to nearly losing his leg after a bad fall, to purposely getting arrested so he can receive medical care in jail, speak to the systems in place that make it difficult for everyone affected by drug abuse and homelessness—from kind souls who open their homes to strangers to the children of addicts who can’t support themselves, let alone a family—to get the help they deserve. But the true beauty of Thistle’s memoir lies in the abundance of love contained in these pages.

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Book Review: Bassey Ikpi’s I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying

Book Review: Bassey Ikpi’s I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying

In this collection of essays, Bassey Ikpi provides her truth about living with bipolar II and anxiety, going all the way back to flashes of childhood in Nigeria to her experiences with medication and being institutionalized.

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Book Review: Adib Khorram’s Darius the Great is Not Okay

at I love most about this book is the nuanced way in which it depicts present-day Iran, from the tension between the majority-Muslim population and Bahá’í minority (of which Darius’ new friend, Sohrab, is a part) to the dazzling historical architecture. Sohrab and Darius bond over soccer, Darius bonds with his grandmother over tea, and everyone bonds over the mouthwatering food. Meaningful conversations are had about depression and the ways in which it affects everyday life.

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