Monday, June 20, 2022

Book Review: The Deep Limitless Air

The best part about Friday is the fact the ice cream truck is going to come and that is always the highlight of my week, if we're being honest. I also have dedicated reading time marked for this weekend, a grad party to go to, and I am going to do some crafty stuff because I feel like it. I need to get better about doint self care things and making time for myself. So let's talk memoir. 

The Deep Limitless Air - Mary Allen 

*For the first time ever, I don't have a back cover blurb to share with you. Hopefully my review below does enough justice that you kind of get what the memoir is about.*
When we talk about complicated family relationships, most of us will talk about dumb arguments with parents or siblings that we let kind of dictate our long term relationship. Maybe nobody wants to say sorry and thus begins a lifetime feud over stuff that could (and should) have been resolved at the time. Mary Allen can't say that's the case in her family. Her mother dealt (not always well) with mental illness, and though Mary's relationship with her sister was OK (though this didn't end well either due to ALS), Mary often felt safer anywhere but home. Later in life her fiance passed away, and she was present when a shooter came into her workplace and murdered four people of a research group. Granted, literally any of that would be hard for any of us over our lives, but Mary has worked diligently to really make peace with life. 

I liked hearing about her experience with EMDR, I was so hopeful that was something I could participate in, but for various reasons that's not in the cards for me. But it's promising for those struggling with different forms of mental illness as a light at the end of a dark tunnel. Mary has had a widly interesting life from beekeeping, to her stint in a monastery, she's really taken the concept of live your life to the fullest to heart. I really liked the humor Mary used throughout, even during dark times, because that's something I do and people always think its insensitive. I've gotten to the point where if you don't laugh you're going to cry, and sometimes I just don't have tears left. 

Thank you to Blue Light Press and TLC Book Tours for having me on this tour, I didn't realize how pertinent this memoir was going to be for me given the journey I'm on. I definitely enjoyed this one. 

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