The Alexandria Papers Newsletter #90


Mindful Eating 101: A Beginner’s Guide | Healthline
Mindful eating is a powerful tool to support managing your eating habits. It can help with weight loss, reducing binge eating, and making you feel better.
How to Show Up Intentionally and Lovingly in Difficult Situations | Mindful
Shalini Bahl-Milne shares three mindful steps that empower us to be present and act with integrity and joyfulness.


17 Self-Care Tips for Migraine | Healthline
Seventeen tips to help you live well with migraine.
Your Guide to the Best Ice Pack for Headache and Migraine | Migraine Again
Migraine sufferers are freezin for a reason: it numbs our pain effectively. You’ll wanna upgrade your ice pack for headache after discovering these winners.

Trauma and Sexual Abuse

Therapy for Childhood Trauma Can Make a Huge Difference | Healthline
Childhood trauma can cause adverse effects both immediately and in the future. Therapy for childhood trauma can help develop coping strategies and decrease the symptoms,
8 Books Like the Body Keeps the Score to Help You Heal from Trauma | Book Riot
If you need help healing, there are so many great books like The Body Keeps the Score that are out there waiting for you!

Mental Health

15 Best Mental Health Podcasts to Help You Navigate Tough Times | Prevention
Nothing’s going to replace your therapist, but these podcasts offer education, inspiration, and healing advice.
11 Small but Important Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health
We talk a good game about mental health awareness, but here are some strategies for actually being mentally well, in honor of World Mental Health Day.
Need Help Finding Mental Health Services? Start Here | Healthline
Mental health services help people manage psychological and behavioral issues, like stress, anxiety, and depression. Here’s how to find services near you.


Join the 2024 War and Peace Read Along | Simon Haisell via Footnotes and Tangents on Substack
Introducing the 2024 slow read of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace,. War and Peace has 361 chapters. So, it’s the perfect book to read a chapter a day over the course of a year.
9 Books on Reading and Writing | Brain Pickings
How to dance with the absurdity of life, or what symbolism has to do with the osmosis of trash and treasure.

Cooking and Baking

11 Things You Need to Do to Make Your Baked Goods Better | Bon Appetit
Even the most seasoned baker can use a refresher course now and then-these baking tips will make for better cookies, cakes, pies, and more
21 Baking Books Our Staff & Community Swear By | Food 52
These are the baking books we turn to again and again-including authors like Dorie Greenspan, Joanne Chang, Maida Heatter, and Stella Parks.

My Books

While the Music Lasts: Poem to My Younger Self

Each night, standing in the hallway at the open
door of the bedroom, I see you lying in the
fading light, his arms around you, your head on his

chest, his lips against your hair, and I want to tell
you how he takes your words — wrapped in ribbons of poems —
and gives them away to others. I want to tell

you how his own words change depending on whether
his sons’ crying woke him in the night, on whether
his first wife called again to complain that you have

moved into her house, on the color of some strange
woman’s eyes in the village market when she looks
up at the sound of his deep, burring voice…


The Kommandant’s Mistress, (a novel)

The rumors spread by the Camp’s inmates, other Nazi officers, and the Kommandant’s own family insist that she was his “mistress,” but was she, voluntarily? Told from three different perspectives – that of the formerly idealistic Kommandant, the young Jewish inmate who captivates him, and the ostensibly objective historical biographies of the protagonists – this novel examines one troubling moral question over and over: if your staying alive was the only “good” during the War, if your survival was your sole purpose in this horrific world of the Concentration Camps — whether you were Nazi or Jewish — what, exactly, would you do to survive?  Would you lie, cheat, steal, kill, submit?

Flashing back and forth through the narrators’ memories as they recall their time before, during, and after the War, and leading, inevitably, to their ultimate, shocking confrontation, “Szeman’s uncompromising realism and superb use of stream-of-consciousness technique make [this novel] a chilling study of evil, erotic obsession, and the will to survive” (Publishers Weekly * review).

A New York Times Book Review “Notable Book” and one of its “Top 100 Books of the Year,”  Winner of the University of Rochester’s Kafka Prize for “the outstanding book of prose fiction by an American woman,” the tales told by the Kommandant, his “mistress,” and their “biographer” will mesmerize and stun you, leaving you wondering, at the conclusion, which, if any, is telling the complete truth about what happened between them.

• New York Times Book Review “Notable Book”
and “Top 100 Books of Year”
• University of Rochester Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize
“the outstanding book of prose fiction by an American woman”
• Publishers Weekly (* review) “Outstanding Merit”
• Talmadge McKinney Award “Excellence in Research”



As powerfully written, darkly humorous, surprising, and accessible as Szeman’s prose works, these poems let you glimpse into the hearts, lives, and minds of ordinary people — whether they be mythological, biblical, literary, or contemporary — as they struggle to make sense of relationships, family, marriage, divorce, children, spirituality, faith, and the existence of God. As they struggle to comprehend the very things each of us experiences every day.

Szeman’s themes are universal, encompassing the perspectives of men and women, adults and children, equally honestly. All of the poems in the collection have been previously published in literary and university journals; several were part of her dissertation, Survivor: One Who Survives. Elliston Poetry Prize (’83, 84, ’85) and the Isabel & Mary Neff Creative Writing Fellowship (’84-85). Along with her Holocaust poetry collection, Where Lightning Strikes, this collection, Love in the Time of Dinosaurs, was unanimously accepted for publication by all outside readers of UKA Press in 2004.

• Grand Prize Winner, Elliston Poetry Prize
• Isabel & Mary Neff Creative Writing Fellowship
• First Place, Elliston Poetry Prize
• Second Place, Elliston Poetry Prize
• Centennial Review Prize for Poetry
• Honorable Mention, Non-Rhyming Poetry,
Writer’s Digest Creative Writing Contest



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