These ones are wammies. I have been reading 5 or so books simultaneously to break up the intensity.
Tweak was hard for me to read. Nic is addicted to meth, and it is his journey of addiction and recovery. I have previously read his father’s account of the journey. Nic’s depiction is crude and painful. He leaves nothing out. Sometimes I wish he had. I could only stomach little pieces at a time. It is truly painful to watch, or in this case read, someone make choices that are so detrimental. That said, it’s insightful, vulnerable, and enlightening.
Though reality can be horrible, terrifying, and tragic, Half the Sky authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn leave the reader feeling enlightened, informed, and empowered. This isn’t one of those the-world-is-awful-and-it-will-always-be-awful stories. Kristof and WuDunn depict this century’s issue as the oppression of women, displayed and carried out in various forms. Highlighting differing cultures and people, we see how women are being neglected and held down, leaving everyone to suffer in the end. But they don’t stop there. People and organizations who are aiding and changing these awful realities are brought to light. At the end of each chapter, the reader is left with hope, and a new vision of how simple people can actually change the world. Highly recommend to everyone.