The Virgin Suicides

Last week a couple of people recommended a new TV show to me. Its name is “13 reasons why” and it’s a Netflix show based on a book of the same name. Now I haven’t read the book before, but I’ve heard that it’s a story about the suicide of a teenage girl and how it affected everyone in her life. Sure, that story seems pretty interesting, only I remembered that the title is “13 reasons why” and I wondered… could it be that someone really wrote a suicide story and explained it with 13 reasons? Sadly I was right.

Now I’m not here to talk about that TV show. In fact, if you want to watch it, I can tell you that the acting is good and that there’s a suicide scene that may not be easy to see. But this TV show made me read a book I wanted to read for a long time (I’ve seen the movie a lot of times). The subject is similar, of course, it’s a story about teen suicides only this time there are no 13 or even a 100 reasons why… The story is much more complex than that.

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Carrie Fisher’s autobiographies

One of the worst things that happened last year was the death of the actress Carrie Fisher and her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds. They were both great artists and amazing humans and the world is a worse place without them.

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 Carrie Fisher was, of course, known for her role in “Star Wars” as the legendary princess Leia. But many people only then found out that she’s also a great writer and an active speaker about mental health. She was suffering from bipolar disorder for years. The experience she had with dealing with that disorder, along with the troubles in family and work  gave her enough material to write at least three autobiographies.

I don’t read that many autobiographies. Too often they turn out to be a disappointment. What do people look for in an autobiography, anyway? If you’re asking me I’d say: honesty and a creative way of telling about the events in life that may not be of historic importance. Carrie writes about her hard life with so much humor that you can’t help falling in love with her and her books.

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