Wednesday, April 5, 2017

How Did This Happen? - Review and Giveaway

Now, I don't read a lot of poetry, but the subject matter of How Did This Happen? :Poems for the Not So Young Anymore by Mary D. Esselman and Elizabeth Ash Velez definitely caught my eye. Topical and timely for this reader.

"This is for every woman who has faced "OMG, how did this happen?"

Poetry books are not meant to be read front to back in my opinion. Instead they invite browsing. How Did This Happen gives you other options. The poems have delightfully been categorized:

Insult: When You Don't Recognize Yourself
Injury: When You Realize Aging Is A Thing
Defiance: When You Think You Can Make It All Go Away
Dread: When You Can't Even
Grit: When You Find A Way to Live With Yourself
Grace: When You Find A Way to Live In The World

There are truths in every entry.....I enjoyed "Being Called Ma'am" and "There Is A Girl Inside".

Esselman and Velez provide an introduction to every chapter, sharing their own and other's experiences. Mary D. Esselman is a freelance writer and teacher currently working for the University of Virginia's Women's Center. Elizabeth Ash Velez is the academic coordinator of the Community Program and professor of feminist theory at Georgetown University.

Check out the website - Aging While Female or the Facebook page and follow along on Twitter.

If you would like to read How Did This Happen?, enter to win a copy using the Rafflecopter form below. Open to US and Canada, no PO boxes please. Ends April 15/17.


bermudaonion said...

I don't read a lot of poetry but this sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway!

bermudaonion said...

Whoops, I filled out the last entry by mistake - I didn't actually tweet about the giveaway. Sorry about that.

traveler said...

Wonderful and just what I need now. ideal and perfect. Thanks.

jemrah said...

i ask myself this every day !

Maureen said...

Very timely for me.

rhonda said...

Sounds perfect for me time of my life,

Lee Klein said...

Good book. Looks like a good read.

lula ruger said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win and thanks for all of the great reviews