Infused with Attenberg's signature humor and warmth, I Came All This Way to Meet You tells the classic story of a writer finding herself through her creativity. This is a must-read not only for artists, but for anyone searching for their voice and their way in the world.
After facing severe trauma throughout her childhood, journalist Stephanie Foo is diagnosed with C-PTSD, a condition that affects her health, relationships, and career, even years after she escapes her abusive parents. Foo embarks on a mission to heal her condition, testing and reporting on different forms of therapy and documenting her journey along the way. The result is a carefully researched and deeply personal account of healing and a riveting exploration of the relationship between identity, family, and trauma.
Samatar's dazzling mosaic of history and identity is a memoir/travelogue unlike anything I've read before. It charts the parallel journeys of 19th century Mennonites trekking from Russia to rural Uzbekistan and Samatar’s own pilgrimage, a century later, back to their home village of Ak Metchet, interweaving imaginative explorations of race, religion, martyrdom, Central Asian cinema--and much else.