Birth. Life. Death. It's the circle of life. This issue of The BookBrowse Review looks at these large questions and explores them through both our fiction and non-fiction reads.
As the heart-warming Enon by Paul Harding proves, life can be short leaving behind family who get enveloped in debilitating grief. Yet it can also be incredibly tenacious as the "wolf children" in Into That Forest demonstrate. To keep track of our health histories through our vibrant and busy lives, we all need one doctor, a primary care physician who can advocate for our needs when it comes time to make the crucial health decisions we will need to make later, says Dr. Brendan Reilly in his moving memoir, One Doctor. On a related topic, her parents' struggle to find the path to a better way of death forms the basis of Katy Butler's wonderful non-fiction book, Knocking on Heaven's Door.
Ayana Mathis explores the riotous colors of life in 20th century black America, through her brilliant debut The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - now out in paperback. The paperback original, Ostrich gives us a lovable and quirky protagonist who shines despite the struggles life throws at him.
While here, you can learn more about the Tasmanian tiger or about more mundane preoccupations like laundry in the nineteenth century.
Survival, love, adolescence and finally, death. We pay homage to every part of the spectrum that makes up the picturesque whole - life!
As always, happy reading!