On the blog today I am reviewing The Anxiety Diaries by Dana Muwwakkil for Suzy Approved Book Tours!
About the Book:
What will everybody think?
When I started this experiment at the beginning of 2019, to write every day, I simply thought I would be recording the mundane life of a mother, wife and struggling writer.
And yes, I considered the fact my family and friends and anybody else that reads this diary -my diary- would have access to my most intimate fears, hopes, thoughts, maybe even an embarrassing moment or two.
But who could have predicted that I would be providing a detailed account into my struggle with my mental health?
I had no idea that the anxiety that only ever played a minor role in my life would make its debut as the starring antagonist. Or that the obsessive thoughts and irrational fears that were always real to me would be given new life on the pages of my diary.
2019 turned out to be the worst year of my life and I can’t believe that I’m sharing this devastating journey with the world.
I came close to giving up, I made a near-fatal mistake and I spent too many moments terrified of my own thoughts.
But as nightmarish as that ordeal was, allowing readers to have a piece of my soul is even more frightening.
Publishing this book may be the bravest thing I’ve ever done.
This is my story.
Miss W’s Review:
The Anxiety Diaries by Dana Muwwakkil is a compelling memoir. The book consists of diary entries for every single day of the year of 2019. The epistolary style of writing works really well in this memoir that focuses on the mental health and anxiety in particular of the author. The daily entries work very well because anyone that has anxiety knows that every day can be different.
On a personal note, I have struggled with anxiety my entire life and I really appreciate the author speaking her truth and as she states “with no regrets”. Her choice to take medication and go to therapy is a personal one . No one can make this decision for you.
I enjoyed reading this memoir. The writing is brave and authentic.
Until the next chapter,
I am pleased to bring you my review of Remote: Finding Home in the Bitterroots by D.J. Lee on Book Blogger Tour for Suzy Approved Book Reviews.
About The Book:
Release Date: March 15, 2020
First Place (Memoir) • Idaho Writers Guild 2020 Competition
When DJ Lee’s dear friend vanishes in the vast Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness of Idaho and Montana, she travels there to seek answers. The journey unexpectedly brings to an end her fifteen-year quest to uncover the buried history of her family in this remote place. Although Lee doesn’t find all the answers, she comes away with a penetrating memoir that weaves her present-day story with past excursions into the region, wilderness history, and family secrets.
As she grapples with wild animal stand-offs, bush plane flights in dense fog, raging forest fires, and strange characters who have come to the wilderness to seek or hide, Lee learns how she can survive emotionally and how the wilderness survives as an ecosystem. Her growing knowledge of the life cycles of salmon and wolverine, the regenerative role of fire, and Nimíipuu land practices helps her find intimacy in this remote landscape.
Skillfully intertwining history, outdoor adventure, and mystery, Lee’s memoir is an engaging contribution to the growing body of literature on women and wilderness and a lyrical tribute to the spiritual connection between people and the natural world.
Miss W’s Review:
Remote Finding Home in the Bitterroots is a captivating beautifully written memoir.
Though I live in Maine, I am not much of a nature person though we have miles and miles of trails and wilderness to explore. However, while reading this memoir, the writing was so authentic and descriptive I felt as thought I was right there in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.
DJ expertly writes about the disappearance of her friend and the death of her grandmother. Her grandmother left behind a secret box and this sends DJ on a journey to understand who she is and what her place is in the wilderness.
There are questions yet to be answered after reading this book, but as it is a memoir, I think that is true of any story.
I very much enjoyed the pictures that were included in the book that helped to bring the story to life and picture what the wilderness looked like.
I was pleased to find out that the profits from the sale of this memoir will be donated to the Connie Saylor Johnson Wilderness Education Fund.
About The Author:
DJ LEE is Regents Professor of literature and creative writing at Washington State University. Her creative work includes over thirty award-winning non-fiction pieces in magazines and anthologies. She has published eight books on literature, history, and the environment, including The Land Speaks. Lee is director of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness History Project and a scholar-fellow at the Black Earth Institute. Find her at http://debbiejlee.com/
Until the next chapter,