When I worked at Indigo I heard a lot about Heather O’Neill- a Canadian author who so many of my coworkers loved. Never having read any of her books, I came across Lullabies For Little Criminals at a thrift store and thought I would give it a try. I did not regret it. A beautifully written book on the life of a girl growing up in the streets of Montreal more or less on her own. Told through the innocent eyes of Baby, 12, who doesn’t know any other life so she doesn’t know to be sad about her. I highly recommend it.
My mom and I went to the market on the weekend and I picked out thirteen books that I wanted.
Me to the volunteer at the market: Sorry to interrupt, how much are the books?
Volunteer: Well it depends on the book. Which book do you want?
Me, taking him over to my pile: These books.
Volunteer: You want ALL those books? We love young people who read. Make me an offer.
Me: Um… $20?
Mom and volunteer simultaneously: $20?!?!
Volunteer: How about $5?
If you have ever had experience with depression or anxiety, whether you have experienced either, or know someone who has, I cannot recommend enough that you read Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (her second book), and then, when you’re done, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (her first book). Both books are amazing, Jenny is hilarious and has an incredibly relatable voice. Furiously Happy is a very important book on how Jenny has dealt with and managed her mental illnesses, and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is more a memoir of Jenny’s life to-date. It is probably the funniest book I have ever read. I laughed out loud so many times, and had to interrupt my boyfriend or best friend from whatever they were doing at the time to read them the funny parts. I give Let’s Pretend This Never Happened to anyone who needs a laugh.