Hysterical by Elissa Bassist

What I Read This Week: Book 15/52

“I thought I could become normal by deciding, but thoughts are not facts; the body is facts. And if you silence the body, well, you can’t.”

― Elissa Bassist, Hysterical: A Memoir

Dear Reader,

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my newsletter!

We read Hysterical by Elissa Bassist this month for Jessica’s Memoir Book Club. Unfortunately, I missed the book club meeting because of the time difference in Belize, and we had power ages that day because of the heat, which was a melting 100 degrees. Ugh. 

I honestly struggled to relate to this book. Now don’t get me wrong, I agree with Elissa on all the points she makes about how women are treated in the medical field and professionally, and the issue with our rape culture infuriates me to no end, but as someone who comes from a loud mouth, family especially with women who will not stand with being disrespected and have no issue telling you how they are feeling and could care less about being seen as crazy or as bitch I struggle with people who lose their voices to men or other women and don’t defend themselves. 

Now, I know that isn’t the case for everyone, which frustrates me even more about society. There have been one or two times where I stayed silent out of fear for my own life, but I am also the individual who has been in bar fights with men because I told them I didn’t want the drink they were offering and they won’t take no for an answer. 

So, my lack of fear of fighting with anyone can be seen as a good thing, but it can also be seen as a bad thing, which brings on its own set of issues. However, I found Elissa’s memoir vital, and I am sure it relates to many people because she also discussed other problems, such as OCD and grief.

As a writer, I know writing this book must have been highly liberating and terrifying for her, and I applaud her for finding her voice and not only standing up for herself but also putting in the work she needed to do to make herself feel better and in turn making her life better. 

There is no easy answer for the right way to live or even to write a book, and though I couldn’t relate to everything Elissa said, I am grateful that I read it because it reminded me that not everyone has the same experiences. 

Thank you for reading!

Tell me, Reader, what are you reading this week? Comment below!

I hope I have inspired you to pursue your dreams and that you will stick around to see how my journey turns out!

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