New to my blog this year, I'll be adding some book reviews periodically. Disclaimer: I'm all about networking and supporting fellow writers in their publishing journey. I love the idea of being part of the writing landscape by offering an opinion or two.
My opportunity to read Kissing The Crisis really got my attention because I felt a kindred spirit to the author and humorist, Kara Martinez Bachman. Essentially, we're around the same age, give or take a few years, and I felt a real connection to the book's subject of maneuvering in midlife and making sense of it all through humor.
Her collection of short stories, I guarantee will either bring back flashbacks of your own stupid youthful shenanigans or you'll find she 'nails it' in relation to real midlife circumstances. Daring to say what we're all thinking in the throes of parenthood and our own questionable adulthood.
Starting off with regrets for turning down Brad Pitt while in his infancy to stardom and how bowling may have been his favorite pastime.
Kara reminds parents that you should always be prepared for six-year-old questions like, "why is that man's butt mostly showing?" As a mother, I could relate to this and the horror of trying to come up with a good answer.
She shared moments of not wanting to give in to digital music, but rather putting a record on the turntable just so you could remember those Boogie Wonderland times.
Then digging deep in the chapter Chicken Soup for the Obsessive-Compulsive Soul where she asks "As we age, do we become MORE like our true selves, or do we become LESS?" "How exactly does the cookie crumble?" Both good questions told from a humorous side of her OCD condition.
Or, the gripping story of Pancho Villa and the adventurous boat excursion while vacationing in Cabo San Lucas. Her descriptive writing put me right there with her on the boat and feeling what it may have been like to wonder if you made the right choices.
Each story kept me going, as I related to each story's awkward moments or vexing realities.
I recommend this book to any woman wanting to unwind and laugh at the daily grind of being a somewhat sane aging woman. Or, any man, who is desperately seeking to know what we're thinking. Good luck with that guys! Seriously though, it will also touch your heart strings as she unravels the surreal memories of Hurricane Katrina, which by the way, was my favorite chapter Supergirl in a Kayak.
Thank you to Kara for her inspirational writing and taking me along for the ride of living life with humor and letting us midlife women know that we're not alone with these crazy thoughts.
"Kissing the Crisis: Field Notes on Foul-Mouthed Babies, Disenchanted Women, and Careening into Middle Age" is now available on Amazon right here.