book review

Smitten once again by Samantha Irby in "Meaty"

About a year ago I read Samantha Irby’s second collection of essays, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, and instantly placed her at the top of my bookshelf. Quite literally, she’s on the top shelf where all of my favorites go.

Smitten once again by Samantha Irby in "Meaty"

"A Manual for Cleaning Women" catches you off guard

It catches you off guard, Lucia Berlin's writing. When you read lines like the one above, you feel that she's talking right to you from across the porch while her rocking chair creaks. But she isn't. She's not even the one speaking; her narrator is. And even though I knew I was reading fiction, I still couldn't help feeling as though I was reading small snapshots of Berlin's own life in A Manual for Cleaning Women.

 "A Manual for Cleaning Women" catches you off guard

"Her Body and Other Parties" full of horrific stories that you can't put down

Each horrific story within Her Body and Other Parties is a brutal representation of the weight and expectations put on women's bodies and what that weight does to one's well being. 

 "Her Body and Other Parties" full of horrific stories that you can't put down