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However, there were two specific pieces I want to point out for their excellence in writing and their universal appeal to the thoughtful reader. Susie Abulhawa in her “Letting Go Isn’t Real” presents much food for thought in an excellently written reflection. And, my favorite in this collection, is the last one in the book, “On Not Letting Go of Grief” by Marion Cuba. This moving and sensitive discussion tackles the hardest type of letting go and is a marvelous piece of writing.
Overall I would say this book is worthwhile for those researching into the nature of release and mindfulness and also to those who are experiencing difficulties in achieving that release. I believe there will be something of value here for these groups of readers. I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review.
The above are all fine essays, but special mention must go to Norma Nixon Schofield’s piece, “No Longer George Schofield’s Wife,” on letting go of grief after her husband's death and her role as his wife in order to realize her autonomy, Sue Parman’s “The Holy Ghost Bird” on freeing herself from her mother’s control, and George P. Farrell’s “Hoarding Memories” describing his process of releasing himself from childhood memories of parental abuse. And there are several other outstanding essays in the collection, as well.
I recommend this anthology to any reader who enjoys personal essays and memoir; also to anyone who may have fears, obsessions, or haunting memories of their own that need to be let go.
Each essay in Letting Go has gripped me. Several I have reread. The brave truth reaches out to the reader, grabbing the heart and the mind, allowing both reader and writer to explore the winding path, or the abrupt reality that allows us, finally, to let go, or forces us to recognize that we cannot do it, yet.
Reader, dive into the section Letting Go of Haunting Memories and Places. For a story demonstrating strength of will, don’t miss Sue Parman’s “The Holy Ghost Bird”. Then, read Evalyn Lee’s “Throwing Out the Trash”.
From there move forward and back in the collection. Take your time. Each one has a message for you and for me. Among the special re-read messages is Maria Ostrowski’s pwerful images in “LionHeart”.
With each essay, I learn a little more about what it takes to let go of things, of memories and of damaged spirit.