Depression is one of the most common social and emotional problems around the world. One in five people will experience major depression at some point in their lives. Women are especially susceptible (especially after childbirth), but everyone can and does succumb to periods of discouragement for any number of reasons.
Because depression is such a part of life these days, it is incredibly common in literature and in nonfiction. (more…)
I thought I was going to love Beatrix Potter’s tales. Who doesn’t love Peter Rabbit? To my surprise, however, I didn’t love her stories. (more…)
I’ve been in a short story mood lately. I picked up G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown (a collection of 18 of the 49 stories about Father Brown) when I saw it on a display at the library. I’d read somewhere, maybe on a book blog, that one should read Father Brown because it’s the definitive mystery short story, in the mode of Sherlock Holmes. (more…)
I am often in the middle of a half a dozen books: I can’t understand people who are reading just one thing at a time. I enjoy a variety of books, and I feel like I need a variety of books in my head at one time. I don’t try to rush through books, but sometimes I can’t put them down. (more…)
For this week, Dewey suggested we reflect on a book from our childhood. I could write about any number of books, but here is one that somehow, I haven’t forgotten, although I haven’t read it since third grade. (more…)