Ouskirts Press (2013)
Reviewed by Christine Watson for Reader Views (11/13)
“Diaries” by Susie Newman is an incredible compilation of raw and honest real-life stories of women at varying stages of life. Each story is written by a different woman in a journal format. I was mesmerized right off the bat and couldn’t put the book down until I had read every woman’s story.
Newman does a great job of compiling such powerful stories about women living average lives, and doing “normal” activities. I enjoyed being in the minds of the women as they lived their lives and shared their emotions and thoughts about life. I was particularly drawn in by Ruthie, a 68 year old woman with a terminal illness. It’s rare to be able to read such raw truth about death and dying, and my heart followed her on her journey to the end of life here on Earth. Libby’s personal story of inner suffering and torture broke my heart, and I realized how easy it is to judge others for their actions when we don’t know what is going on inside. I was changed after reading her story. I laughed out loud when I read Maggie’s story and her “honest” letter. How interesting life would be if we all had the courage to share more of our real lives instead of trying to hide behind a façade of perfection.
I highly recommend Susie Newman’s “Diaries” to anyone who wants to connect and better understand women and their journeys through life. This book really helped me view everyday life in a new light. I will be rereading these stories when I need a reminder of a life lesson I have forgotten. Thank you, Ms. Newman, for the very powerful book of stories.