Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Guts

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> I wandered into a little independent bookstore close to my place while I was out for a walk in the weekend. My goal was to take a break from the heat since its been unseasonably hot since May. I looked around trying to appear as natural as possible since I wasn't keen on anyone approaching me to help me find something. I was just there to steal the coolness and then hopefully be on my way without any awkwardness that can sometimes arise in situations like these.
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> I looked at staff favourites which were mostly hipster books, and floated past the fiction books as I made my way to the back. At the back of this store they have their children's books, and in the collection of children's books they have a perfect shelf filled with dozens of different pop-up books. I know I could spend a comfortable amount of time with those!
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> Almost there, I took a detour down an aisle that homed religious material, dry political books, and autobiographies. One book with the word "GUTS" across the cover caught my eye.
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> Guts. I have guts! And my guts give me lots of trouble...
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> "Stunning New York Times bestseller"
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> Oooooo accolades!
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> "The endless follies and tiny triumphs of a giant disaster"
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> I can relate to this!
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> "By Kristen Johnston"
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> ... Who is that? Is that the woman who played that alien on that 90's show with John Lithgow?
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> Honestly, I was confused and s little intrigued; Who is this woman who I've never given much thought to who wrote a book with such high reviews being sold in a trendy hipster bookstore?
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> I contemplated buying the book for a moment and then put it down. I wanted to look at the pop-up books. I finally made it to the back of the store and opened up a beautiful book on The Little Prince. I was distracted by Guts, though-- so I went back. I took another moment to convince myself to buy it and committed to the sale.
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> I went straight home and started reading it. I
> Didn't put it down for 4 hours. I read through the book like I was drinking water on a hot summer day. It was hilarious, emotional, and honest. I had such a strong feeling of empathy for Kristen and like a "knowing" of who she actually was. I finished the book in a few days and even read the "appreciations" and "photo credit" section of the book. I didn't want it to end.
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> I can't really explain in a clear way why this book became what it did for me, but I loved it. I wanted to flip the pages back to the front and read it all over again. The beauty of being honest about your truths is always an inspiring story for me, as well as learning to be in the world as a healthy and happy human. This book touches so perfectly on that for me.
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> I haven't written a blog post in such a long time, but this one seemed necessary to me. It's not a review; I just wanted to talk about it. I also wanted to post something that I hope will stay with me forever:
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