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Heart Berries

Clare’s Pick:

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Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

Heart Berries is a dazzling lucid memoir, poetic and a little experimental, about a Native American woman’s experience of becoming. With the weight of her childhood trauma and survival, this is a story about the many ways Terese feels her pain and sick.There is the heart sick–broken hearted account of her tumultuous love affair. There is the mind-sick story of being diagnosed with PTSD and bipolar disorder and is living for a while in the hospital. There is the indian sick, which she considers a sickness from generations of hurt passed down. Terese bears her struggles, indecencies, shame and madness with power, vulnerability and strength, where telling her story is medicine.

The Haunting of Hill House

Clare’s staff pick:
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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

I love this book. It’s incredible feminist gothic horror, a spin-tingling, hair-raising ghost story to the core to be sure, but also at play here is, an exploration, I think, of how truly gruesome a specific type of feminine loneliness can be. Invited among three others to participate in some experiment or experience at Hill House, Eleanor is an overthinking, awkward outcast, trying desperately to fit in while the hauntings of Hill House rail around her, singling her out, hystericizing her in a rotten way. I empathized with Eleanor to the very end.