Stream and Light: A Woman's Journeyby J. R. Nakken
In Stream and Light, J. R. Nakken creates happy stories, sad stories, scary stories, but, most of all, stories with the cutting edge of truth. Written over a period of twenty-five years, this collection spans nearly seventy years of personal history, from pre-WWII South Dakota prairie through decline into alcoholism and recovery from same. See more details below
In Stream and Light, J. R. Nakken creates happy stories, sad stories, scary stories, but, most of all, stories with the cutting edge of truth. Written over a period of twenty-five years, this collection spans nearly seventy years of personal history, from pre-WWII South Dakota prairie through decline into alcoholism and recovery from same.
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What a read! Definitely one for Oprah's Book Club. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. I laughed and cried with J.R. what a wonderful collection of life experiences (and lessons learned)!
The short essays that fill this book are remarkable for their clarity, their honesty, the vivid images they evoke, and the author's intense engagement with her past. Nakken has a special talent for illuminating the bittersweet life of a gifted person growing up in adversity, yet still looking it squarely in the face, and finding meaning in all of its events. It is not always easy reading: she demands that you keep up with her pace, with her turn of thought, and her sometimes abbreviated descriptions, but it is always worth the effort. These are stories of pain, of sweet joy, of bondage to human frailties, but ultimately of redemption. I recommend them to all.
This is my kind of book, written with sensitivity and in short story form. I think that others like J. R. Nakken (including myself)will not only enjoy reading her latest work but relate to it as well...WELL DONE!
¿Stream and Light¿ is much more than a memoir about recovery from alcoholism. It chronicles Judith Nakken¿s ongoing attempts to deal with her appalling childhood and break the cycle of abuse which few escape. She describes in wrenching detail parental attitudes and behaviors which are both inhuman and illegal but, sadly, occur all too often. Her parents passed on their inability to give or receive love, and for at least the first half of her life the author duly transmitted this legacy to her own children. It also informed all of her other relationships, naturally. Her exceptional IQ enabled her to intellectualize her pain and distance herself from it, along with everyone in her life. Alcoholism and its evil twin, depression, seem inevitable in this setting symptoms, as it were, rather than separate diseases. Treating the symptom can also treat the disease, however, if one is lucky and Judith Nakken is one lucky woman. Be assured, by the way, that not all of these stories are gloomy many of them are downright funny, in the most ironic of ways and demonstrate graphically the part sheer willingness to persevere plays in survival and recovery.