The Alexandria Papers Newsletter #98



Mindfulness vs Meditation: How Both Can Benefit You | BetterUp
Curious about the differences of mindfulness vs meditation? Learn their differences as well as similarities, and how to practice both to help your well-being.
Mindfulness Vs Meditation: Know Both Well And Pick The Best For You | Art of Living
Debating between mindfulness vs meditation and unable to decide? Read on to find out about both and pick one (or both!) that best suits your needs. Mindfulness Vs Meditation: Know Both Well And Pick The Best For You


The 4 Stages of Migraine: Why You Feel Strange Before and After an Attack | Migraine Again
There are four stages of a migraine attack. Discover what they are, how long each lasts, and what you can do to better manage your attack through them all.
Migraine: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, Triggers, and More | Healthline
Here’s what you need to know about migraine headaches, including types, symptoms, triggers, treatments, and how they’re different from regular headaches.

Trauma and Sexual Abuse

Effects of childhood trauma: Symptoms and how to heal | Medical News Today
Childhood trauma can affect physical and mental health throughout someone’s life. Learn signs of trauma in children and adults and how to manage the effects.
How Does Virtual EMDR Work on Childhood Trauma? | Virtual EMDR
Struggling with Childhood Trauma? Free yourself from your past with Virtual EMDR. Proven, science-backed EMDR online program you can use at home. Start now.

Mental Health

How to Find a Therapist That’s Right for You: 8 Key Tips | Healthline
Whether you’re coping with trauma, loss, or a relationship issue or want treatment for a mental health condition, finding the right therapist can make a big difference in your well-being.
Types of Mental Health Therapy | Very Well Health
There are many types of therapy for mental health. Learn about basic approaches, how the types work, and what conditions they treat.


10 literary masterpieces on which every Russian was raised | Russia Beyond the Headlines
Thanks to a school curriculum that includes masterpieces by Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn and others, Russians from all segments of society…
23 Best Psychological Thriller Books That Will Mess With Your Head | Reedsy
A list of the best psychological thriller books that dive into the psyche of the bad guy… and make you question your own brain along the way.

Cooking and Baking

65 Easy Dinner Recipes for Beginners (That Even the Most Culinarily Challenged Can Manage) | Pure Wow
These 65 easy dinner recipes for beginners require minimal effort (and no fancy chef skills). But they still look impressive and taste delicious, promise. From 15-minute pasta recipes to one-pan chicken wonders, consider your evening meals covered.
91 Cooking Tricks and Tips From the Real Simple Test Kitchen | Real Simple
Take your cooking game from competent to confident. Adopt these simplifying strategies, tips, and techniques from the Real Simple test kitchen.

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My Books

This is how the plan to kill your husband could begin. You come home early from work. You have a headache. A terrible headache. The worst headache of your life. You have this grant proposal to write. It’s not finished, and it was due yesterday. Your boss is gone for a week, so you bring the proposal home with you. After you open the door, you hear a noise.

“George?” you say.

Head throbbing, you wander into the living room. No one’s there, but you hear another noise. Upstairs. You find your husband in the hallway which leads to the bedroom. He’s naked, but he’s wearing his glasses. To see you better. He’s pale. He’s sweating.

“George,” you say, genuine concern in your voice, “what are you doing home in the middle of the day? Are you ill?”

He makes a movement, backward, toward the door. Too late. A young woman steps from the bedroom. She’s also naked, but she’s not wearing glasses. She doesn’t have to: she can see you perfectly well. You can see her, too. She is young. Lovely. Thin. George introduces her.

“This is Monica,” he says. “My assistant.”

This is Monica. That is just like George. Naked, wearing glasses, saying to his wife, “This is my girlfriend.” You say nothing. Your headache, however, suddenly gets worse. That is how the plan to kill your husband could begin.

Or perhaps it begins like this:

Naked, with Glasses (short stories)

Edgy, memorable, and engagingly written, these award-winning stories display another aspect of Szeman’s talent — that for short fiction. Filled with distinct voices, unique characters, surprising plot-twists, and successful experimental writing innovations (such as “Sorry, Wrong Number, Redux,” which is entirely in dialogue), this prize-winning collection secures the author’s critically acclaimed reputation in this genre as well, adding to the accolades she has already garnered for her novels, poetry, and non-fiction.


• Grand Prize
UKA [United Kingdom Authors] Press
International Creative Writing Competition
• “Naked, with Glasses,” 3rd Prize, Story Magazine “Seven Deadly Sins” Contest

The Kommandant’s Mistress, (a novel)

Part One: The Kommandant, Chapter One

“Then I saw her. There she stood, in the village store, her hair in a long braid down the center of her back, her skin white in the sunlight, and my hand went to my hip, seeking the weight of my gun. As the girl spoke, I stumbled back against one of the shelves, my fingers tightening at the leather around my waist. While the shopkeeper arranged the food in the bag, the morning sun glinted on the storefront windows, illuminating the girl. The wooden shelves pressed into my shoulders and back. Sweat dampened my forehead and ribs. Another shopper spoke, frowned, pushed aside my arm to reach a jar on the shelf behind me, but I didn’t move. My hand slid down over my hip and leg. No, I’d forgotten that I no longer wore my gun…”


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, starred review).

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”

(originally published by HarperCollins / HarperPerennial NY)

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