At 22, Strayed lost her mother to lung cancer. Her family, her marriage, her life collapsed in the wake of her mother’s death. With nothing more to lose, Strayed decides to hike a thousand miles alone with no training to the Pacific Crest Trail. She would hike from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it all alone.
The majority of the essays are about Didion’s home state, California. The writing is tight and scrappy. I would say that the work of Joan Didion is not simply “prose”, it is art. It is timeless, heartwrenching, and Hemingway crisp.
The best part about this book for me is that it is not laden with cheesy, sappy, unactionable life advice. The universal human dilemmas and humanity evoked in “Maybe You Should Talk To Someone” is resonating for all readers.
The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath Book Summary: An Autobiographical Insight Into Depression And Emptiness
Disclaimer: You may want to skip this book if you are prone to depression or have suffered from it in the past.
The theme of this book is poverty. It is semi-autobiographical, but often also called a fictional memoir. Separated into two parts – Paris and London – it is set in an important period in the 20th century. It’s the kind of book that makes you want to put it down and think.