Virginia Woolf, is a woman, writer and feminist in the 20th century. Here you can find 5 interesting facts about the British author, critic and essayist.
Sarah M. Broom, writer for the New York Times, released an article discussing the nonfiction book that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote to discuss the death of her father and the mourning that followed. In Adichie’s 30-section exploration Notes on Grief, she focuses on four particular days–one being the day where she sees her father on a Zoom call, tired but happen, and then three days after that, where her brother calls her so that she can see her father in his last moments.
Broom cites one particular line from Adichie that best describes the limitations of expressing one’s grief through words: “You learn how much grief is about language, the failure of language and the grasping for language.” And really, the only person who can best describe Adichie’s grief is Adichie herself, which is why her book, originally published as an essay, is so important. Adichie goes on to state, “How astonishing it is that language can almost mean, and frightening that it does not quite.” And there are points, according to Broom, in Adichie’s text where she abstains from cleaning up the writing so that her emotions and her grief are all the more poignant.
Through Adichie’s book, we learn more about her father, James Nwoye Adichie, the Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Nigeria in the 1980’s and the first professor of statistics. We see that he does sudoku and naps, and we also learn that, even when he was kidnapped and held captive, he was correcting his captors’ pronunciation of his daughter’s name. Readers can read Adichie recalling how her father read everything that she wrote, and so, so much more about her father and her relationship with him.
To read more about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book, check out the New York Times article here.
To preorder Notes on Grief, check out the book’s Amazon page.
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It’s no secret that the internet loves Sarah Paulson. Though she’s been known for playing the creepiest roles and some intense horror work, in real life, Paulson is nothing short of adorable and loving. And her hard character work has paid off, just this week earning her a Golden Globe nomination for her role in Netflix’s “Ratched,” the show based on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. She’s also been a loud advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, and often her horror work overlaps into characters with a homosexual identity.
Sarah Paulson is also active on Twitter. Though she doesn’t post regularly, we can thank Twitter user @sarahpaulsbean who just recently compiled all of Paulson’s years of book recommendations! Ever wonder what your favorite LGBTQ actress was reading? Here’s a list of five of the books she’s tweeted about in the past few years.
1. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Often talked about for being one of the saddest and yet most beautiful books of recent years, A Little Life seemed to have gained a similar reaction from Paulson. She’s even quoted saying that it made her “sob uncontrollably in my bed at night before I turned off the light.”
Yanagihara’s second novel documents the life of four friends as the grow apart and their paths inevitably still intertwine. Specifically, it follows Jude, a disabled man who’s past grows more elusive and frightening with each page turn.
This book has trigger warnings for self harm, suicidal tendencies, sexual assault, and most other trigger warnings in the book. While it’s prose is beautiful, it is haunting. Do no pick up this book if any of these topics will be triggering for you!
2. Lit by Mary Karr
Mary Karr was a recurring recommendation among the other reads Paulson mentioned, as she continually brought up the author’s name. When talking about her memoir Lit, she tweeted “that book should cost $1,000,000,000,000,000. It’s that good.”
Karr’s memoir details her time battling alcoholism among other demons from her past, and heavily considers how we carry our traumas and move into living stronger and having a better future.
Like the previous book, there are trigger warnings for suicide, alcoholism, etc. While the story is uplifting and beautifully honest, it still covers heavy topics.
3. Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
Beyond the fact that this book is recommended by Sarah Paulson, she also narrates its audiobook! She tweeted that before she read the audiobook, she loved reading the novel herself.
Left Neglected focuses on a woman who suffers a traumatic brain injury leaving half of her body practically unusable. Through learning how to live with the injury, she learns how to better live her life and love those around her.
4. Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties by Rainer Maria Rilke
Paulson says that one of her best friends and a fellow actor, Felicity Huffman, recommended her this book. She added the book to her list for Oprah, saying “I want to remember in moments when I’m caught up in the details of not knowing what and when and why and how to do something that I need to go back to the notion of living in the unknown—and that, in fact, is what will lead to the answer.”
This mixture of prose and poetry is all about experiences, opening yourself up to life and trusting that you will get where you need to be. It’s all about a sense of spirituality in the every day life, especially those that are not yet upon us. Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties will be eye opening to those familiar to Rilke and those who are just discovering the author for the first time.
5. Atonement by Ian McEwan
Similar to other recommendations from Paulson, this classic novel focuses much on love, innocence, forgiveness, and how important people in your life can bring about the biggest and most impactful of life’s changes.
Atonement is set just before the years of World War II. It focuses on the innocence of its protagonist and the forthcoming breaking of this barrier and descent into crime and lies.
Which books from Paulson’s recommendations are you adding to your list? Let us know!
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Lord George Byron was born January 22, 1788, in London, England, and died April 19, 1824, in Missolonghi, Greece. He is known as one of the best British Romantic poets and satirists of all time, penning works such as Hours of Idleness (1807), Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (1812-1818), The Giaour (1813), The Bride of Abydos (1813), Lara (1814), The Corsair (1814), Don Juan (1818, but unfinished), and more. Even though he is known as a Romantic poet, he actually wrote a lot in reference to his own experiences, (even if they were a little promiscuous and full of heartbreak, affairs, and seduction), and was dubbed a freethinking “bad boy.”