Story books – Mente Encendida Wed, 25 May 2022 04:26:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Story books – Mente Encendida 32 32 11 books to turn to when things fall apart Wed, 25 May 2022 02:05:46 +0000

“You only miss one person, and the whole world is empty.”

As human beings we have a lot to lose. Too much, one might say. Death, heartbreak, miscarriage – all presented as facts of life, but when loss seeks you out and hits you, it’s deeply personal. People will ask you to put your grief into words, to explain how you feel, but is there anything harder to talk about than grief? Clichés and platitudes come from the mouths of loved ones, from your own, all a case of good intentions rendered meaningless by an inability to say what you want to say, or even know what to say. When things fall apart, the books stay true when our own ability to feel fails. Rather, the words of our favorite writers have the power to rock us. From Didion, Beech to Barthes, these titles are, at least, a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit. So whether you’re grieving yourself, know someone who is, or just want to absorb the stories of those who have, take these 11 bereavement books as your companions.

The Year of Magical Thinking -Jeanne Didion

When the subject is grief, we all know Didion does it best. His voice, steely and down-to-earth, cuts through the insipid platitudes that threaten to suffocate at the mere mention of death. Through her own personal tragedies – the sudden death of her husband John Gregory Dunne and the hospitalization of her only daughter Quintana – Didion describes a near spiral of madness, oblivion and, as she calls it, ” magical thinking”. For the heavy hearted and those who have not yet been touched by loss.

A month in Siena -Hisham Matar

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Hisham Matar was nineteen when his father was kidnapped on the orders of the Gaddafi regime. At the time, a student in London, he spent his lunch time quietly observing the works of the Sienese school in the National Gallery in London. After a last unsuccessful attempt to find his father 25 years after the fact, Matar makes the trip to Siena with the intention of staying there for a month. What follows is a sweet and beautifully compiled reflection on grief, art and the human spirit.

Notes on bereavement – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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“Grieving is a kind of cruel upbringing,” Adichie writes. “You learn how unpleasant grief can be, how full of anger it is. You learn how flippant condolences can be felt. You learn how grief is tied to language, to the failure of language and language input. Written in the weeks and months following his father’s death, Adichie wields a language to describe the indescribable: the bitterness and cruelty of loss.

Crying in H Mart -Michelle Zauner

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We all dread the death of our parents. Some of us even play it in our head as a sort of loss training camp. How would we react? To whom could we turn? But when you have a complicated relationship with your parents, grieving can feel like a minefield. Michelle Zauner writes with precision about her mother’s slow and traumatic death; about how, as a third culture kid, Korean cuisine connected Zauner to his culture, to his mother, and how it would become a way to keep his memory alive.

Mourning diaries -Roland Barthes

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Roland Barthes will die three years after his mother Henriette. And while readers of his work will remember his book Camera Lucida: reflections on photography which briefly touched on his loss, as published shortly before his own absurd departure, it was his diary that would provide a more indelible portrait of the pain. Written on loose leaf with incomplete notes, Barthes’ diary of mourning was published posthumously in its incomplete and raw form echoing the very nature of the loss. Read it straight or please savor it, this slender volume is a real comfort.

On the mother -Sarah Ferguson

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On the mother barely worth two hours of reading, but Sarah Ferguson covers a lot of ground. Following her mother’s death, she must travel the distance between Australia and England to ensure her mother’s dignity is respected and those who neglect to care for her are held accountable. .

Sunbath – Isobel Beech

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After the loss of her father by suicide, Isobel Beech describes a period soon after spent in the mountains of Abruzzo. Invited to stay by her friends Giulia and Fab before their wedding, Beech lives simply, picking fruit in the orchard, bathing in the sun and sleeping in the birth room of the house. However, his surroundings are at odds with the dialogue going on in his head. Guilt, grief and regret engulf Beech, as she ravages her memories at all times, any interaction with her father that could be taken as a warning sign.

time is a mother – Ocean Vuong

Set in the dramatic aftershocks of his mother’s death, Ocean Vuong returns with another collection of poetry. With the nature of their relationship defined in On Earth, we are briefly beautifulhere Vuong continues where he left off, detailing his mother’s departure and exploring the importance of sitting in grief and learning to survive beyond.

An observed mourning – CS Lewis

Written as a way to avoid “crazy midnight moments”, An observed mourning is an unfiltered and honest reflection on death after the death of his wife Joy and the demise of joy itself. Even the most devout believers are shaken by grief. Or, as Lewis writes, “Nothing will shake a man, or at any rate a man like me, from his purely verbal thought and his purely theoretical beliefs. He must be knocked out before he can come to his senses. Only torture will bring the truth, only under torture will he discover it himself.

Sunset – Jessie’s Cave

From actor and now writer Jessie Cave. Sunset approaches grief from the perspective of two sisters. Polar opposites and yet inseparable, the two will be separated before either is ready following a disastrous vacation. The sister who remained standing, Ruth, thus slips into a self-imposed exile from the world. Faces blend together and with her new job at Heathrow Airport she can become virtually anonymous. It is from this moment that the story begins to take shape.

Heartbreak is the thing with Feathers -Max Porter

Max Porter lends his wits about grief with this condensed story about a father and his two sons following the death of their mother. Taking the title of a beloved poem by Emily Dickinson, Porter sets up the short story with Crow, the creation of father and literary scholar Ted Hughes who promises “I won’t leave until you need me”. Filled with dark humor but above all compassion, it’s a tale that will linger in you like the brutal pain of grief itself.

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7 actors who have written books Mon, 23 May 2022 20:00:00 +0000

Actors are first and foremost storytellers; it’s their job to bring a character to life for the big or small screen and help tell their story while simultaneously serving a bigger story. Plus, writing is as much a creative outlet as acting, so it’s no surprise to hear that many celebrities these days are making the transition from telling stories on screen to writing them on. paper. Some are newbies, while others have growing jobs and, ironically, some have even been adapted for the screen.

Whether it’s jumping on the celebrity reveal bandwagon, flexing their creative muscles with an original idea, writing heartfelt children’s stories, or just trying to make a difference, these celebrity works have something thing for everyone. Plus, some of these actor-turned-writers are so accomplished they may consider writing a second career. While there are many more actors-turned-writers who could have made the list, we’ve only picked out a handful of our favorites that we think brought something valuable to the table. Here is a list of seven actors who have also written books.

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7 Steve Martin

The legendary Steve Martin made a name for himself not only as a comedian and actor, but also as an accomplished writer. He has several published works, including a memoir, several plays and the 2001 novel Saleswoman, which has since been adapted into a big movie starring the actor himself, Claire Danes, and Jason Schwartzman. He also wrote the New York Times bestseller The pleasure of my company and, more recently, An object of beauty. You can then catch Martin in the highly anticipated second season of Only murders in the building.

6 Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher is another actress-turned-writer whose writing has been adapted for the big screen with her semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the edge. In the book, Fisher delves into his own personal struggles with addiction through its protagonist Suzanne Vale. Both the novel and the film (starring Meryl Streep and Shirley Maclaine) were well received by critics. Fisher talks about his personal experiences that inspired the novel in this archived LA Times interview.

5 Elizabeth Olsen

In her spare time after starring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Olsen and her husband Robbie Arnett have written their first children’s book Hattie Harmony: Detective Concern, which follows lead character Hattie Harmony as she helps her friends and readers deal with their anxieties in simple, everyday situations like riding the school bus and talking out loud in class. The book is said to be the first in a series. Arnett and Olsen discussed the book in a recent interview with People magazine, saying “We hope Hattie Harmony will become a welcome reminder that it’s okay to speak up when we need help and always treat ourselves and others with kindness.”

4 Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke is another actor-turned-writer who has published several books, including novels The hottest state, Ash Wednesday rules for a knightand A bright ray of darkness. In addition to these novels, he also co-wrote Meadowlark, a coming-of-age crime story with fellow writer Greg Ruth and the graphic novel Indeh also co-written by Ruth. Hawke is also an accomplished screenwriter and won two major awards for his work on the screenplay of Before midnight with Richard Linklater, who was also nominated for an Oscar. You can catch Hawke in the latest Disney+ series moon knight and also in the next horror movie The black phone release scheduled for June 2022.

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3 Betty White

Besides being a successful comedian, actress, animal activist and absolute legend, the late Betty White was also a famous author. White had written several books throughout his career, including three memoirs Betty White herself, Here We Go Again: My Life on Televisionand If you ask me (and of course you won’t), to only cite a few. She has also written several books about her love of animals.

2 Tina Fey

If you like Tina Feywork on mean girls, 30 Rockand SNL then you are sure to enjoy bossypants. In the comic autobiography, Fey discusses the ups and downs of her career and her experiences as a woman in a man’s world. It’s a crisp, witty, intelligent read that will make you feel closer to the accomplished writer and comedian.

1 Hugues Laurie

english actor Hugues Laurie may be better known as the titular Dr. Gregory House of the popular medical drama House, however, he has a full resume. Many might be surprised to know that outside of acting, the multi-talented Laurie isn’t just a writer, having penned the action-packed spy spoof. The Arms Dealer in 1996, but also an accomplished musician, having released two blues albums Let them talk and Didn’t it rain. Laurie will be the next star of the Netflix miniseries The light we can’t see opposite Mark Ruffalo.

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Op-Ed: Let Books Shape Your Bicultural Child’s Sense of Self Sun, 22 May 2022 10:10:35 +0000

As I travel to speak at schools across the country, I’m sometimes the first Latinx author students have ever interacted with, even in communities with large Latinx populations.

If that sounds unbelievable in a country where more than 62 million people identify as Hispanic or Latinx, consider that in 2021 only about 9% of children’s books were written by Latinx. Even fewer (7.6%) talked about us.

Additionally, we have just survived two years of school closures that have profoundly disrupted the lives and learning of our children, with disproportionate negative effects on communities of color, according to the Department of Civil Rights Office. Education. Disparities and barriers to learning have widened in many areas, including language acquisition skills and declining college enrollment.

And now we face an alarming increase in book challenges that directly target, in part, the cultural content of children’s books that often expresses the perspectives and experiences of our vast and diverse communities. There were nearly 1,600 individual book challenges in 2021, the most recorded in a single year by the American Library Assn.’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, which began tracking data in 2000.

But here’s what I see time and time again. Books and stories – even very culture-specific ones – can help children get to know themselves and others better. Encouraging your children to have a relationship with books might be the most impactful thing a parent of color can do.

So while it’s true that my work focuses on the main Latinx characters and their families, with painstaking detail about the uniqueness of our lives, it’s also true that my characters’ experiences speak to the aspirations of all children. to be loved, to have friends they can trust, and to feel seen and heard as they grow and make their own decisions.

The current climate of weaponizing children’s books for political purposes threatens this simple act of connection. It also poses a greater risk to children’s ability to develop accurate images of themselves as people with rich histories, roots, and accomplishments.

Between 2010 and 2019, newborns contributed to the growth of the Hispanic population in the United States more than any other group, according to Pew Research.

What this means, particularly in California – which has the largest Hispanic population in the country – is that we are looking at a population of school children who identify as bicultural at a time when cultural sensitivity is under attack for being the source of division and not American.

Where does that leave bicultural children? What does this do to their sense of self?

I grew up as a bicultural kid in New York. My parents were refugees from Cuba, a country they would never see again. My mother did what she could to honor my North American identity since I was born here shortly after her arrival. I was given an American name (Margaret Rose), unlimited access to “Romper Room” on TV, and later a set of World Book encyclopedias that she purchased in installments.

But she had the wisdom to nurture my understanding of my Cuban heritage with a passion that is the signature of all who are displaced. She made these connections primarily through oral tradition, as that was most available at the time. Through her many stories on the island—her teaching career, the beauty of the Sagua La Grande River, her father’s rural school—she addressed her own trauma while giving me a sense of my roots.

As she got older, her conversations became more sophisticated, built around themes of political upheaval, broken promises, and the realities of being an immigrant woman with two daughters in New York City. At 13, while I discovered the joys of Celia Cruz at apartment parties, I also knew the works of Jose Martí, a hero of Cuban independence – and who were Fidel and El Che. I knew that I came from people with a history that included struggles and accomplishments and that I was still part of that evolving history here in the United States.

There was a power in this knowledge on both sides of me, and more importantly, a precision. My family’s past was preserved for me as a sacred part of who I was, and ultimately this duality gave me the habit of shading people and events, a habit I believe I bring to writing. of children’s books.

Bicultural children will always need environments that inform both of their realities, not because their families don’t want to let go of the past, but because the past informs their current identities.

Pura Belpré, the famed Afro-Puerto Rican librarian who created bilingual materials in New York’s public libraries during the Harlem Renaissance, railed against the idea that her black and brown bilingual patrons were “culturally disadvantaged.” She has spent her career championing a range of materials and approaches that would proudly connect children to their Puerto Rican roots. “A child will be better prepared to understand the value of another culture if they know the value of their own,” she said.

During the summer, we owe our children time to heal and prepare for the coming year. We also owe them a way to experience books as recreation, connection and affirmation. We owe them stories that celebrate who they are and offer a way to understand the long tendrils of displacement that last generations in families.

If we don’t make this effort, we risk allowing inaccuracies, shame and stereotypes to replace the truth.

Meg Medina is the 2019 Newbery Medalist. Her next book is “Merci Suárez Plays It Cool”.

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Hats off to 4 new picture books Fri, 20 May 2022 04:01:07 +0000

By Stephen Barr
Illustrated by Gracey Zhang

By Kate Hoefler
Illustrated by Jessixa Bagley

The true story of Mae Reeves, designer of hats and history
By Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Illustrated by Andrea Pippins

By Daniel Pinkwater
Illustrated by Aaron Renier

Why Stephen Sondheim, the greatest lyrical musical theater of all time, used the word hat so much, from a song asking if anyone still wears them to “Finishing the Hat,” a mission statement for the soul in “Sunday in the Park With George”? No deeper meaning there, Sondheim insisted, after a reviewer noted the recurrence: “It’s the casual tone and the ease of rhyming that attract me,” he wrote in “Look, I made a hat”, his second volume of annotated verses.