The Week in Books #12


It’s been a few months since the week in books #11, and I’ve got a whole whack of books to post about today. Semi-unemployment = lots of time to read again!


In the Slender Margin by Eve Joseph – I picked this up in a used bookstore on a whim after J discovered a small and slightly hidden section on the shelves labelled Death. I enjoyed the tone of this book, and also found it eerie that Eve wrote in after working in a hospice in the same city where I was working in mental health and housing. For a while I was even convinced it was the same exact building (our project was operating in a former care home that sat empty for several years before being repurposed) but I can’t be sure. One particular portion that struck me was when Eve explained the beliefs of her ex partner that owls are considered a death omen. The first and only time I have seen an owl up close was in my backyard on a tree beside the rabbit hutch. The morning I stood staring at this beautiful owl in the branches (and he sat staring back at me) was the same morning I discovered the body of my angora rabbit Zapp, who had died suddenly in the night. The owl hooting is what brought me outside, and prompted me to check in on the bunnies, making the sad discovery. Very spooky!


Burnout & Compassion Fatigue A Guide for Mental Health Professionals and Care Givers by Christine Florin – This was a really short book (almost more of an informational pamphlet) on signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue. I’ve been searching for reference material on how to heal from severe compassion fatigue (something that has essentially put me out of work at this time) but seem to being finding most of the information geared towards preventing it. Not very helpful for me now, but still very relevant for those of us working on the front lines during the opioid and fentanyl crisis. Self care is KEY. 

Marbles by Ellen Forney – This graphic memoir has been on my hit list for AGES. It’s funny how sometimes you put something off but when you do get to it the timing is perfect. I related to so much of Ellen’s story it was really surprising. I loved the art, I loved the openness, and I really enjoyed reading it. At one point she even references a song by The Gits, Second Skin, as a song that is great to blast when you are feeling low. Get out of my brain, Ellen, second skin had already been on repeat on my computer for weeks at that point. Excellent memoir!

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol- Another one that had been on my list for a long time, this copy was right next to the copy of Marbles on the used book store shelf so I grabbed them both. I also enjoyed this graphic novel a lot, the art was great! 

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – Another read in a series of books that had long been on my list, I picked this up FINALLY (it’s been on my shelf forever) when Ellen referenced it in her memoir and I realized she contributed the art to the pages of this novel. Sherman is a Spokane-Coeur d’Alene-American novelist that draws on his experiences to write about indigenous lifestyle, culture and history. This is a fantastic young adult novel with equally fantastic artwork. 

That’s just some of the books I have covered this summer, more to come next week!! 🖤 Happy reading! 

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