(Extra)Ordinary Women; Ten Inspirational Stories.

Author:Counts, Meredith Grahl
Position:Brief article - Book review

Kristin Bartzokis; (EXTRA)ORDINARY WOMEN; KiCam Projects (Nonfiction: Essays) 12.95 ISBN: 9780999158142

Byline: Meredith Grahl Counts

Kristin Bartzokis's (Extra)Ordinary Women features ten contemporary stories of women who've been through hell and back. The hardships they endured are related with their firsthand input and a steady authorial tone.

Each chapter is devoted to one woman, and goes over the tough incidents they faced and fought through; these include grief, bombings, severe health issues, substance abuse, and homelessness. They survive hardships including guerilla attacks in 1940s Greece and drug addiction in modern-day Illinois. Many stories have a health focus, and related medical issues are often defined and expanded upon.

The stories mostly follow the same narrative formula, and the inspirational factor tying them all together is that their subjects are survivors. Stories are enhanced with quotes from their subjects, giving the book a true quality of intimacy, like the feeling that arises in a support group when others take the time to listen to...

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