Author: Sivan Bogan

July Bibliotherapy with Sivan Bogan

Culture + Community “Giovanni’s Room” by James Baldwin Where to begin with James Baldwin? An American writer, poet, and social critic, a former preacher, a dreamer, a black man in a white man’s world. James Baldwin was born in Harlem in 1924, the oldest of nine children. He spent his life traveling, writing, and fighting for equality. He will be a wave of power, intelligence, and love that will wash over the world for the rest of time. This was the first book of his that I read. The story takes place in the 1950s in Paris, where we follow...

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Leslie Pietrzyk | An Interview with the Author of “Silver Girl”

Culture + Community I was deep in a reading slump when I came across “Silver Girl”. I was browsing the shelves at Skylight Books in Silverlake (Los Angeles) when this cover jumped out to me. I had never heard of this story or the author, but I gave it a chance and am so grateful that I did. The story is set against 1980s Chicago, where we follow an obscure young woman starting her first year of college. She meets Jess on the first day, and we are thrust into a deeply-rooted friendship of love, jealousy, and secrets. I finished...

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June Bibliotherapy with Sivan Bogan

Culture + Community “Abandon Me” by Melissa Febos I could talk about this book for the rest of my life. This is a deeply personal memoir that explores connection — connecting with yourself, your loved ones, and what these connections mean. Melissa writes about her relationships with her sea caption step father and her birth father. Her birth father only giving her two things: his battle with addiction and his Native American heritage. She writes about her complicated, exhilarating, and heartbreaking long-distance abusive relationship with a married woman. Every drug she’s done, every drink she’s had, everyone she loved during...

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May Bibliotherapy with Sivan Bogan

Culture + Community “The Red Car” by Marcy Dermansky Oh this weird and magical little book. I read it in one sitting and wanted to carry this story around with me for a long time. We follow Leah, a young writer in an unfulfilling marriage to a possessive husband. When Leah’s former boss, Judy, dies, she leaves Leah the red sports car that killed her. Leah takes off in the car, and follows her heart from New York to the West Coast. Through her journey, we meet a cast of characters that shape, challenge, and soften her. The character of...

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April Bibliotherapy with Sivan Bogan

Culture + Community Complicated. Female. Friendships. My current reading topic of choice. I will carry these books in my heart forever. Silver Girl by Leslie Pietrzyk I picked this book up in the middle of a reading slump. The cover interested me, and I trusted that. From the first paragraph, I knew I had made the right decision. The story is set against 1980s Chicago, where we follow an obscure young woman starting her first year of college. She meets Jess on the first day, and we are thrust into a deeply rooted friendship of love, jealousy, and secrets. A...

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