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Review of 'And the Stars Kept Watch' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Friedrichs’ debut novel was a true page-turner that kept me wondering what would happen next and dropped me into feeling again and again. This is a heartbreaking and heart-opening story, and while I don’t have children and have never endured an accident like what is portrayed in the book, I quickly identified with Nathan and Catherine’s relationship and needs and found myself exploring my own emotions around grief as the characters navigated theirs. The novel also includes welcome reveries where the children are forever represented in the natural world, especially in the stars.

There were a few unbelievable plot points (or maybe I just lack access to wealthy relatives and convenient business deals :-), and I’m still having trouble with the last scene in the Epilogue (apparently I need more time to heal - LOL), I do want to know what happens next and can imagine this as a movie.

S. (2013, Mulholland Books) 4 stars

"A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are …

Review of 'S.' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Quite the collection of love stories, wrapped in mysteries and including some horrific notes. This was my second time with the book, and this time I read the text first, and then read the marginalia in order. I read the inserts along with the first blue/black set of notes, which, while not an ideal, is a one approach (it means you'll likely read about something before it happens, though it can be difficult to know when to read something and when to let it be). Since it didn't make it through the marginalia on my first read, this time around I really got to know the two margin characters much better and enjoyed their unfolding relationship. The next time I read this, I think I'll start with marginalia and finish with the text of SoT itself. There are so many layers to this book that they'll be lost on me, …

Rites to a Good Life (Paperback, 2021, Warrior Films) 4 stars

Review of 'Rites to a Good Life' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I've read several books on ritual and spent a few years studying the mythopoetic landscape of Campbell, Meade, Bly, and others, so it was nice to dip back into that energy again while read Marx's book, which builds on their work.

He opens the door on his own life throughout the book, examining his own rites of passage, healthy and less-healthy. He also dialogues with others around the need for ritual and rites of passage. This diverse chorus of voices is a unique strength of the book and I enjoyed hearing their perspectives alongside the author's––so many new voices to me! Most chapters end with practical next steps, which are both a collection of things for one's self (e.g. practices for deepening your awareness in nature), and resources to help others (e.g. links to right of passage resources for small groups/communities).

While the book offers many rituals around various aspects …