Author: Sivan Bogan

March Bibliotherapy with Sivan Bogan

Culture + Community The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath I remember the very first time I read this book. It was the first time I felt truly understood and validated in regards to my mental health. In this story, we follow Esther Greenwood, a girl who from the outside, has all the makings of a successful young woman in 1953. Esther is intellectual and beautiful, and after winning a prestigious internship after college, she has been given an incredible opportunity to make a name for herself. Esther’s lingering fear of inadequacy, failure, and sense of sadness ultimately catches up with...

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February Bibliotherapy with Sivan Bogan

Culture + Community With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I am sharing three books this month that focus on love. Love of all kinds – romantic, platonic, and everything in between. Just Kids by Patti Smith How on earth can I talk about Patti Smith? I don’t know. I’ll try my hardest to do her justice, but I am not sure anyone can. This book, Just Kids, is about Patti Smith, as a young musician, and her unique relationship with the late Robert Mapplethorpe when both were struggling artists. The memoir reveals the out-of-this world connection they had and the...

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January Bibliotherapy with Sivan Bogan

Culture + Community   A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit I am heading into 2018 with uncertainty, as I suppose a lot of us are. 2017 unfolded with a lot of anger and frustrations, with very little knowledge into what 2018 will bring. I am afraid and a bit lost, feelings I am familiar with but that also feel brand new every time. I had never read anything that explored these deeply intimate emotions…until A Field Guide to Getting Lost. Rebecca Solnit turns the fear of the unknown on its head. She explores topics such as loss,...

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