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Katy Haas

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dear family friends doanAccording to William J. Doan’s visual narrative “Dear Family and Friends,” in Issue 27 of Cleaver Magazine, “17 million adults had a major depressive episode last year.” Despite affecting so many people, it can be hard to articulate the experience, and even harder for the people around them to understand, especially when the sufferer is wearing a mask of “normality,” a mask of laughter and smiles. As Doan says, “Sharing what it’s like to live with anxiety and depression is a lot like undressing in front of strangers. It’s AWKWARD.” But after a while, masking began to feel like lying to Doan, and “Dear Family and Friends” is an attempt at breaking that silence and “coming out” to those around him.

By using visual means of communication, Doan offers a more concrete way of explaining and understanding the feelings of depression and anxiety. His images are grayscale, with smudges of cool colors creeping into some panels. Scribbles and dots of ink show how it feels to be filled with anxiety, to have your brain feel weighed down and blotted with dark ink.

“I’ve barely reached the heart of the matter in this brief letter,” he says of his eighteen panels, “But it’s a start.” Not only is this piece a start for Doan, but it’s a good way to start difficult conversations with our own friends and family as we remove our masks.

 

Review by Katy Haas

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inheritance shapiroA psychoanalytic spin on the “unthought known” stream of one woman’s stumble upon the narrative of self, reflective of intuitive synchronicity, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love bursts the bubbles of vintage notions of the perfect family, or at least the façade of what the perfect family should have been.

In this memoir, Shapiro takes readers on a rocky ride through her personal genealogic discoveries; specifically, finding out after five decades that the man she knew as her father was not her biological father. Shapiro elaborates on how he was the only father she ever knew, and they shared an unbreakable bond until his passing when she was in her twenties. She tenderly recalls how he taught her about his Jewish heritage, which makes up a major part of the fabric of her self-narrative surrounding her paternity. She encounters rough waters throughout her quest, yet love remains the “unknown thought” she never gave up on.

Yankton - RAW Books

October 21, 2019
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Probably the best bookstore in the world. We have over 25,000 titles on inventory and we carry home made soaps and board games.

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The Irreverent Bookworm is a cozy and well curated Used & New Bookshop with plenty of comfy chairs to read in, a charming children's book room, and private space for book clubs and writers groups to meet. We pride ourselves on our friendly staff, eclectic aesthetic, and well-rounded stock of reads for everyone.

Baldwin City - Nook

October 21, 2019
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Locally owned bookstore with a full bar and coffee shop. The Nook is a gathering place for our community to relax, socialize, shop and read.

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A reading experience you just can't download. Looking for your next great read? Our dyed-in-the-wool life-long readers will help you quickly find a great book.

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Situated in the heart of downtown Saranac Lake, across from Berkeley Green, The Book Nook provides a rustic year-round environment for discovering your next great read. We carry a wide variety of genre from fiction to manga.

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The final issue of Glimmer Train is here. Find stories by Stanley Delgado, Rachael Uwada Clifford, Marian Palaia, Douglas Kiklowicz, Erika Krouse, Victoria Alejandra Garayalde, Arthur Russell, Robin Halevy, Peter Parsons, Christa Romanosky, Sindya Bhanoo, Alex Stein, Karen Malley, Ed Allen, Emily Lackey, Ashley Alliano, Aleyna Rentz, Kevin Canty, and Arthur Klepchukov. Plus interviews with Matthew Lansburgh and Danielle Lazarin.

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The “Americana” issue features new fiction by Joan Silber and a career-spanning interview with Janet Burroway. Other contributors include Jocelyn Cullity, Kermit Frazier, Chris Hayes, Kim Henderson, Allison Hutchcraft, Ember Johnson, Angela Kelly, David Kirby, Kristine Somerville, and Carolyn Vega.

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"Pig, An Essay" by Sonia Hamer. The author and her father enjoy talking about the potbellied pig he bought after the death of his mother. It’s easier to discuss a pig—his appetite, his size, how loudly he squeals—than it is to confront the family's other dark secrets.

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