Book Review: ‘Heroines’ by Kate Zambreno

'Memoir is a woman writer's forbidden and often avoided continent. The threat perhaps is a woman writing her own narrative, being her own author.' (236) This book is perhaps best defined in Kate Zambreno’s own words as an emotion-fuelled ‘memory campaign’. In it, Zambreno takes up the worthy task of rescuing the voices of forgotten … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Heroines’ by Kate Zambreno

Recovery in ‘Will and Testament’ by Vigdis Hjorth

‘I expected to become psychotic, but I didn’t, so somewhat surprised I got up, looked around, and then I left, what else could I do? It was a clear and sparkling August day, I hadn’t noticed that until now. The air was warm, I hadn’t noticed that before. I walked down Bogstadveien, what else could … Continue reading Recovery in ‘Will and Testament’ by Vigdis Hjorth

Book Review: ‘On Becoming A Person’ by Carl Rogers

This book could be summarised into one paragraph, and while it has some good ideas, it is far too repetitive as a book. Carl Roger’s came up with what he refers to as ‘client-centred therapy,’ which today sounds like something that goes without saying, but in its own time was a fairly radical and novel … Continue reading Book Review: ‘On Becoming A Person’ by Carl Rogers

Book Review: ‘The Body Keeps the Score’ by Bessel van der Kolk

This is a fantastic book about psychiatry, trauma, PTSD, Complex-PTSD, and recovery. It is rare that a book written for such a wide audience manages to be both accessible and hugely informative. It references (seemingly) all of the relevant and up-to-date research, brings in case studies for more concrete examples and understanding, and keeps the … Continue reading Book Review: ‘The Body Keeps the Score’ by Bessel van der Kolk