Short Review: I’m Just Happy to be Here

The creator of the Renegade Mothering blog, Janelle Hanchett, explores motherhood, addiction, and mental illness in her moving memoir, I’m Just Happy to be Here. When she was 21, Janelle Hanchett found herself pregnant. Newly married, Hanchett soon began to struggle with depression and substance abuse issues. Hanchett’s writing is raw and honest—motherhood is not … Continue reading Short Review: I’m Just Happy to be Here

The Vegetarian

Violence, obsession, and repressed desires are explored in Han Kang’s visceral, vivid, and undeniably compelling The Vegetarian. The story begins simple enough; Yeong-Hye decides to turn vegetarian. Despite her husband’s consternation regarding her decision, Yeong-Hye provides only a vague explanation for her sudden change, “I had a dream.” Unbeknownst to her husband and others around … Continue reading The Vegetarian

American War

Omar El Akkad's debut novel, American War, is a frightening look at the real world consequences brought about by a divisive political and social climate. Set in the not-too-distant future, American society has been torn asunder by a second Civil War. Instead of slavery being the root cause of the conflict, this time it is the President's actions to limit the destructive effects of climate change.