Whether you’re a natural introvert, suffer from anxiety, or have a tendency to fret, Gemma Correll’s The Worrier’s Guide to Life will keep you laughing while lowering your stress levels to boot. With expert snark and wit, Correll reassures her readers who are in tight spots that life could be much, much worse and sets about making their sides split with her illustrated anecdotes on life. The self-proclaimed world champion worrier includes such funny comics as “palm reading for millennials,” “the dystopian zodiac,” and “a map of the introvert’s heart” to dish out advice that may or may not be reliable.
However, while the comics are hilarious, there’s an underlying seriousness to Correll’s tone, and readers who suffer from anxiety will definitely get the sense that the author sympathizes with their struggles. Many of the situations and advice that Correll dishes out will ease any worrier’s natural tendency to be overwhelmed by life because the comics aren’t laughing at you but with you. Her ability to poke fun at a variety of habits formed by worrywarts will not only ease your fears, but also make you feel refreshed to see an author struggle with the same issues and still see the humor of it all.
Correll’s quirky humor is definitely targeted to the Millennial set, but worriers of any age will enjoy reading her comics!
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Lizzie Harris’s debut poetry collection Stop Wanting is a visceral exploration of the anxiety, trauma, and vulnerability that pervaded her childhood. Harris’s pieces revolve around a daughter whose father alternates between violence and kindness, and her poems address the trauma she experiences at his hands as she reflects on their relationship–or lack thereof–that still envelopes every aspect of her life. While often bleak and violent, her poetry is also peppered with vibrant and beautiful imagery. The effect of this is a reading experience that allows you to re-live Harris’s own harrowing childhood as well as enjoy the beautiful lyrical poetry that she creates.
Some of the vivid imagery that can be found in Harris’s work is the equation of Arizona with her body. From the scorching desert to describing her skin that is stretched out too tightly across her skeleton, her words are haunting but real. In the end, while Harris’ work is quite depressing, her beautiful imagery will speak to you, evoking an emotional experience like none other.
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