Read This Now: The Index
What if there were an army of indie booksellers enthusiastically reading and reviewing practically every new book coming out in the next year, and what if the books they were the most excited about, the books they couldn't wait to push into their customers' hands with a breathless "You've GOT to read this!" (virtually or otherwise), the ones with all the nine- and ten-star ratings were carefully curated and collected in a handy list? Well, all we can say is...KEEP READING!
This is the boldest kind of writing because it speaks directly to people. Terese Marie Mailhot addresses numerous people she has loved in her life--a mother, a father, a lover, and others--and in doing so, she gets right to the core of it: what it feels like to love, to accept love, despite our and its limitations.
Heart Berries is a deep, wrenching, searching sort of book, and it contains impossibly raw, yet seamless, sentences: "You think weakness is a problem. I want to be torn apart by everything." It isn't sensational. To call anything in this memoir "sensational" would be to eschew its logic.
Everything in Heart Berries rings true to me. Many up-turned stones appeared familiar, felt new. This writing is tactile. Though it deals in questions of love, health, grief, inheritance, and shame, it gave me something to hold.
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot ($23.00*, Counterpoint LLC), recommended by Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA.