The Yellow Wallpaper & Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a very slim collection (70 pages for 7 stories) of her feminist stories, with the title story being 1892’s The Yellow Wallpaper. Again, I was brought to Gilman’s work through Kate Bolick’s Spinster, as one of her Five Awakeners. Gilman’s stories are witty and sharply satirical. Ironically, the issues she presents in her First Wave Feminist writings, hoping for a future that involved the equality and betterment of the status of women, is just as prescient in 2016, 124 years later. The Yellow Wallpaper is just a useful as a look into mental illness, and chronic and invisible illnesses, as anyone who has ever suffered through the trials of a bed rest will attest. This is an easy and quick read, and hugely funny. Grab it for a quick train ride, it will not take you long to read, but it is definitely worth it.
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Originally intended to simply focus on book reviews, over time, KaliDesautelsReads has morphed into its own entity.
I write about issues that are near to my heart, be they political, feminist, motherhood, mental health, or, as the title holds, books.
A thirty-something Canadian woman in my mid-thirties, I have been "super married" to my high school sweetheart since 2006, and together we have two crazy, clever, kind, hilarious, wonderful kids.
My first book - How Not To Blog: Finding Myself, One Post at a Time is available on Amazon (in eBook formats for you clever tech readers, and paperback for those of us who love that new book smell!)
I have tried a podcast - it's still on Apple and Google Podcasts - but writing is where my heart is.
My life changed dramatically when my husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in 2018, and I am now a writer for a leading Canadian Cancer Non-Profit.
I am lucky enough to have a family that loves me and pushes me to be my best, even if it is outside of my cushiony comfort zone. I have a village of friends that nourish me, mentally, and spiritually.
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