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Joan Didion, 1970, photo by Kathleen Ballard, Los Angeles Times, CC BY 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
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Victoria L. Dammer

PRAISING JOAN DIDION

Eighty-seven-year-old Joan Didion, one of the greatest essayists and novelists of the 20th and 21st centuries, passed away in December 2021, leaving behind a host of writers and readers who will sorely miss her voice in the literary world.

Nothing Stays the Same: How to Heal After the Heartbreak of Divorce by Lori Tartaglia.
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Victoria L. Dammer

Nothing Stays the Same

According to the American Psychological Association, approximately 40-50% of first marriages end in divorce, with second marriages reportedly having an even higher percentage rate of failure. Forbes Advisor contributing writer Christy Bieber, J.D., provides statistical input on a graph in her May 4th article entitled Revealing Divorce Statistics in 2023, showing divorce rates have declined since 2002. Yet most of us know far too many casualties of dissolved marriages.

Abraham Lincoln's Great Coat. Public domain from America, picturesque and descriptive (1900).
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Victoria L. Dammer

Lincoln’s Greatcoat: The Unlikely Odyssey of a Presidential Relic

Arduous journeys begin with fascination. So does Reignette G. Chilton’s mysterious, sometimes scandalous, and ultimately glorious book about the splendid, custom-made greatcoat Abraham Lincoln wore on his fatal last night at Ford’s Theatre in 1865, entitled Lincoln’s Greatcoat; The Unlikely Odyssey of a Presidential Relic.

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Victoria L. Dammer

Master Your Mindset: The Master’s Way

Nader conveys that eliminating our toxic mindset begins with identifying whether we operate our lives with humility or hubris. Humility allows us to admit our weaknesses, accept our strengths, and live truthfully. Conversely, hubris is a life filled with deception. Nader’s readers are encouraged to choose whether they lead a life of hubris or humility; the outcome is in your control, depending on which way you live.

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Victoria L. Dammer

The Best American Short Stories 2022

Symphony Space at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, sponsored a delightful evening event entitled Selected Shorts: The Best American Short Stories 2022.

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Victoria L. Dammer

The Restorative Power of Water and Nature

Readers should know Roger Deakin and Robert MacFarlane have written essential pieces of literature that boil it down to this; they share the vision that it’s safer in the water. There’s shelter from harm when communing with the environment; the top of a mountain provides sanctuary for many. Through their well-written prose, Deakin and MacFarlane’s stories will transport you on a personal voyage.

Book cover to Awake with Asashoryu and other essays by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta
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Victoria L. Dammer

Awake with Asashoryu

Essayist Elisabeth Sharp McKetta reveals her innermost thoughts and is at her best storytelling in eleven essays in her latest book, Awake with Asashoryu.

Book Cover to Woman Running In the Mountains by Yuko Tsushima
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Elizabeth Ann Foster

Women Running In the Mountains

This book is an excellent cautionary narrative for anyone contemplating raising a family alone without resources. It is difficult and wrought with pitfalls and misery, and if there is joy, it is hard to grasp.

Gold by Rumi
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Elizabeth Ann Foster

Gold by Rumi

The ancient language of the Persians, Farsi, is the ultimate romantic language, and the nuances and shades are deep and numerous. Rumi is considered the greatest poet of this language; his significant works are the Masnavi, rhyming couplets like those quoted above, and Divan-e Shams-e Tabrizi, a collection of lyric poetry.

Book Cover to Guston in Time: Remembering Philip Guston by Ross Feld
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Elizabeth Ann Foster

Remembering Philip Guston

Guston and Ross Feld met after Guston read a review Feld had written of his latest exhibition. It was not received well, and Feld had praised it, seemingly understanding Guston’s new direction. Guston, in his day, created quite an uproar when in the 1970 Marlborough Gallery show, he switched from his abstract expressionist style to a cartoonish mode.

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