Review: The Fact of a Body, by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

The Fact of a Body Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Nonfiction, Biography, True Crime

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The Fact of a Body is the true story of the murder of little Jeremy by Ricky Langley, a strange young man who’s a convicted pedophile. It merges with the story of the author, who was an intern in the law firm working on Langley’s defense after the first trial, which sentenced him to death. Alex is strongly against the death penalty her whole life, but finds herself struggling with her own history. For the first time, she wants a man dead.

This was a difficult book to get through at times, in the sense that the theme of child abuse (especially molestation) is so very recurrent and graphic. This made me wince and felt quite heavy to read about. I considered putting it down several times, but in the end I was entranced by the story and wanted to see where it was going. If you hate open endings, maybe skip this one – it’s not that it leaves you in a frustrating note, but it leaves margin for interpretation and I didn’t really know what to make of Ricky Langley in the end. Not a good person, that is for SURE. But how much of what he did or said was true, we might never know. Continue reading

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Review: All about love: New Visions, by bell hooks

all about love bell hooks

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Non-fiction, Feminism

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This gorgeous edition of this book was published last year (2018) and I remember having seen it in Emma Watson’s feminist book club Our Shared Shelf, which is always a big plus for me. Since I’ve committed this year to reading more non-fiction feminist works, I immediately bought this.

In All about love, bell hooks explains the definition of love and how it gets constantly misunderstood for affection. She talks about love in modern society and modern expectations of it, and how we need to rethink our approach to loving others and ourselves. Continue reading

Resenha: Tudo Nela Brilha e Queima, por Ryane Leão

tudo nela brilha e queima ryane leaoNota: ★★★★★

Gêneros: Poesia, Não-ficção

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Tudo Nela Brilha e Queima é uma coleção de poesias da autora de Cuiabá também dona do projeto Onde Jazz Meu Coração. Esse estilo de poesia contemporânea conquistou meu coração com autoras como Amanda Lovelace e Rupi Kaur, e com Rayane Leão não foi diferente. Cada poema, mesmo os mais curtinhos, são incrivelmente intensos, ardentes e emocionantes. Estou completamente apaixonada por este livro e recomendo para qualquer pessoa que ame poesia.

Segundo minha irmã esta autora popularizou bastante no Instagram, e não é por menos. Acho que os poemas vão ressonar com muitas pessoas, especialmente mulheres que estão todos os dias encarando os padrões da sociedade e tentando rejeitá-los, tentando ser autênticas e fortes. O tema de sororidade permeia as páginas e terminei o livro me sentindo fortalecida. Não consigo escolher um poema preferido! Este é um daqueles livros que você vai querer manter na cabeceira da cama para reler e reler.

só há revolução
quando há amor
por nós mesmas

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Review: The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, by Kirk W. Johnson

the feather thief kirk w johnsonRating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Non-Fiction, True Crime, History

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Okay, this was absolutely a cover-buy. Although I didn’t read this as a physical book, but rather as an audiobook, it’s still so pretty to look at. Also, it said “The Natural History Heist of the Century”, so I was drawn to it. A real-life case of heist? Rare birds? Sign me in.

While the book is meant to be about the heist itself, and the first chapter is really interesting, describing the heist itself, it takes until 40% of the book to go back to the heist itself. In between, the history of those birds is told, which goes from being interesting because of the parallels between Alfred Russel Wallace and his contemporary Charles Darwin, to really boring indeed, because I cannot care less about the misfortunes and successes of Europeans stealing birds from Brazil and other parts of South America. Continue reading

Review: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, by Michelle McNamara

ill be gone in the dark michelle mcnamara

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Nonfiction, Biography, True Crime

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I heard amazing things about this book, written by the author of the blog http://truecrimediary.com/, which deals with never-solved cold cases. Michelle died in 2016, and this book was published after being put together from what she’d written plus her notes. The author has a matter-of-factly but tactful voice. She makes the point to make the victims the center of the story, and doesn’t deal with the crimes with morbid curiosity. She aims not to glamorize the murderer, and I think she did that very well. Continue reading

eARC Review: Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover

educated tara westoverRating: ★★★★★

Genres: Memoir, Non-Fiction

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I have received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This powerful, gripping memoir must have been one of the strongest books I’ve ever read. Educated is Tara’s story, her life in a survivalist Mormon family, and then her education which eventually led her to Cambridge and to discover so many things she never knew.

The violence, the power of denial and the acceptance of what was normal within such a world struck me deeply, my heart beating fast as I read some parts of it. It literally took my appetite away at least twice. This story grips your attention, demanding, honest. There are parts where I sighed, sad for the author’s beliefs as a kid, the things she went thought unquestioning their wrongness. I had to make several pauses between chapters, the power of this story so enthralling it put me in an anxious mood more than once.

TW: abuse, violence, gaslighting, toxic family relationship.

Mini-Review: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One, by Amanda Lovelace

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Poetry

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’m in such a mood for modern, feminist poetry lately. I haven’t read The Princess Saves Herself in This One, but it’s on my to-read list, even more after reading this book! This one is difficult to classify as fiction or non-fiction, because it has a mix of both. The With Doesn’t Burn in This One was such a powerful, intense and passionate read. I loved the poems, the witch theme and the unapologetic way the author talks about experiences of herself and other women. This is a great book and I highly recommend it!

Review: A River in Darkness, by Masaji Ishikawa

A River in the Darkness Masaji IshikawaRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Non-fiction, Memoir

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Half-Japanese and half-Korean Masaji Ishikawa lived a poor and hard life in Japan with his family, angry at his violent father and feeling like an outsider. Then, when he’s thirteen, his family moves to North Korea, in search of a better life – the promises of free education, abundance of jobs and free access to doctors lures them. They soon find out the depth of the lies of the propaganda, and life gets much, much harder. Masaji tells the story of his life in “paradise on earth”, and its brutality, the endless hunger, poverty and cruelty and his escape 36 years later. Continue reading

Review: The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook, by Simon Rego PhD and Sarah Fader

The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approach by [Rego PsyD, Simon, Fader, Sarah]

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Non-fiction, Mental Health

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Depression is part of my life for so long I cannot pinpoint exactly when it started. Last year, it got worse than it’s ever been before, and I’ve needed medical attention and medication to help deal with it. Right now, I am doing therapy, taking medication regularly and paying attention to the symptoms so they never get that bad again. Which is why, when I was offered to read this workbook, I accepted almost immediately. Continue reading

ARC Review: Depression & Other Magic Tricks, by Sabrina Benaim

Depression and Other Magic Tricks Sabrina BenaimRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Non-fiction, Poetry, Mental Health

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I had read that this book was a collection of poems about depression, love and heartbreak, and normally I don’t love poetry much, so I hesitated for a long time before getting it. Still, I’d forgotten it was a poem collection when I got this book in Netgalley, and the first poem threw me off: I’m not a fan of modern-looking poems which read like a stream of thoughts, stressful and not entirely constructed to make sense to a reader outside of the author’s head. So I glared a bit at the book and mentally scowled at myself for having gotten it. Then I kept turning pages. Continue reading