I loved this because I am an identical twin BUT, if you've ever been fascinated or a little weirded out by twins, you very well might like this too. As a philosophy professor and identical twin, Helen de Bres combines her teachings with her lived experience to expound on the intersectionality between being multiple as well as a woman, queer, and disabled versus being a singleton. (And her twin sister, Julia, made the illustrations inside the book!)
This memoir reflects on therapy in such an honest and brave way. Transcripts of therapy sessions are interspersed with reflective essays, and the overall effect is of being on this journey alongside the author. A great read for anyone who has felt alone with their depression or stuck within the negative spaces of their own mind.
This is a book I come back to every so often. While this falls under the "hippie self-help" umbrella, this is, to me, life-changing and one of those "essential reads." If you're interested in authentically relating to people, resolving issues with others peacefully, and making everyone feel heard and cared about, among other things, then pick this up!
This book is going to sit with me for a while. I could not put this book down. Touches on some tough topics but its done incredibly well. Will definately be on my top 10 of the year.
This book will change the way you think about power, community, & interpersonal relationships as well as give you confidence in your own abilities to communicate.
Let's talk about being neurodivergent in a world that caters to neurotypical folks! Jenara Nerenberg was diagnosed with Autism when she was an adult. After years of being misdiagnosed herself, she was shocked to see what little research had been done about neurodivergency in women, since they are often misdiagnosed with a mood disorder or for being 'hormonal'. So, what did she do? She did her own research and wrote a book. this book reassured me of my own neurodivergency and how to survive in a world that isn't accessible to those who are neurodivergent. Neurodivergence is an actual superpower, and we deserve to be heard and seen! This book is essential for those on, off, and in between the spectrum of neurodivergency.
If life has sucked out all of your creative energy like a vampire with no self control, this is the pep talk you need. It's a reminder to treasure what inspires you and to savor the act of making something. Try a different medium, use your hands, cut, paste, paint, type, etc. Let it fill you up whether it turns into something good or bad, it doesn't really matter at this moment, just make something. It's also a reminder that while you can't control when you'll have a stroke of genius sent by the muses, you can control your routine, your workspace, and small actions that will make you more likely to create. I highly recommend this book for any creative who needs a pick me up right now.