Posts Tagged: Mental Illness

Jul 21
Review: Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

Review: Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

I don’t usually pay much attention to titles, but “Delicate Monsters” intrigued me.  What exactly is a “delicate monster?”  After reading Stephanie Kuehn’s latest novel, I did some Googling and expected to find that the phrase is from a song or a poem or another book, and I wanted to see how it was originally used to get some additional insight into Kuehn’s ideas about her story.  But it looks like it’s an original phrase that she created, so I will… Read more »


Jun 24
Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Complicit is Stephanie Kuehn’s excellent follow-up to her excellent debut, Charm & Strange.  Both novels feature some similar characteristics: a male POV exhibiting some psychological issues, past physical and/or emotional trauma, a big twist, a gut-punch of an ending, and Kuehn’s beautiful writing style.  This time, though, I was not surprised by the twist.  I thought it was telegraphed quite clearly at several points, and because I’d read Charm & Strange, I was already on the lookout.  But figuring out… Read more »


Feb 06
The Silver Linings Playbook: Read It or Watch It?

The Silver Linings Playbook: Read It or Watch It?

If there’s one thing I want you to take away from this post, it’s that you MUST watch the film version of The Silver Linings Playbook, staring Bradley Copper and Jennifer Lawrence.  I saw it in the theater, even though I was skeptical about how much I would enjoy a film focused on mental illness.  But it was fantastic, and it was funnier than I could have expected.  Lawrence and Cooper were both nominated for Oscars (Lawrence won), and they… Read more »