coming-of-age books: not your usual suspects

Bildungsroman. No, I didn’t sneeze. 

This coming-of-age literary genre pulls together two German words: bildung meaning education, and roman meaning novel. Together they describe a novel that follows a protagonists psychological and moral development during his/her formative years, from youth to adulthood.

Thank you, Wikipedia.

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the naked queen

The first step in reclaiming my body began a little over a year ago at a Trader Joe’s in the suburban south.

I was thirty-eight and six months into an MS diagnosis. The vision in my left eye still threatened me with darkness and when I dared to peer through it, the world was smudged by a gray, cloudy filter. The tiny store was crowded with hipster parents and cranky toddlers sticky with fruit leather, or sugar from the bakery next door. No matter where you went, you were in the way.

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