I’ll be honest guys. I’m not in a very good mood. I feel crappy and sad. I want to cry. There’s so much hate in this world. I guess I just feel hopeless. What happens when your mental health gets worse because you want to tell people about how unfair you’re treated because you’re a person of color and a disabled, bisexual woman? When did kindness become too much to ask for? It’s lonely in this world.
But regardless of how I feel I have an obligation to you all. That obligation is to share what I currently love with you all, even if that’s rare these days.
Thanks to Goodreads I was able to get my hands on an early copy of Kim Addonizio’s memoir Bukowski in a Sundress. If you’re not familiar with Kim, she’s an award winning poet and novelist. The book came out last month, so I had to wait before I was able to tell you all about it. But now you’re able to purchase it or go to your local library and give it a read.
Here’s my short review of it: I loved it.
Now here’s the long review:
Here’s my thoughts about memoirs. You can’t really judge the content because it’s someone’s life. So, you can’t say “I didn’t think there was enough action in chapter one.” How could you? Maybe chapter one was the most action packed part of that person’s life. Like most review I really do think it depends on the reviewer.
But if you are looking for a lot of twist and turns, this memoir is your go to summer read. Kim has lived an interesting life.
She holds nothing back. She tells us about her young lover who she had a passionate relationship with to a incident with a mouse she finds in her kitchen. Nothing is left out. Fun fact, Kim’s mother is tennis champion Pauline Betz and her daughter is actress Aya Cash. Such an exciting family, which gave the book some great anecdotes.
One part of the book is how she showed us (with her writing) the gradually declining of her mother’s health. But by the very end you can’t help but wonder if it’s really a decline. It makes you wonder if getting older really means leaving parts of yourself behind in the past.
Kim’s desire to love and be loved speaks to a lot of people. She shows her vulnerability and doesn’t hold back.
Another part of the book I enjoyed was the look inside the writing industry. Even professional and legends like Kim have to deal with money, or lack thereof. Writing isn’t an easy industry.
Overall I think this book was beautifully written. Give it a read and let me know what you think.
*This post is sponsored. I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway but all opinions are my own