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Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite
My Neglected Gods is a collection of narrative poems and thoughts by Joanne Nelson. They give details about old memories and daily activities. She talks about her earliest memory of going to the park in a yellow stroller with her brother Dale, learning to swim with her brother Bill, and having fun in the neighborhood with her childhood friends. She often refers to her mother's and grandmother's proclivities. Nelson has a chapter about selling a house she lived in for thirty years and reminisces about the happy moments her family enjoyed there, its special features, and her neighbors. She also talks about meditation, tarot cards, and instances of divination. Get a copy of this book and stroll into the author's memories.
Reading My Neglected Gods put me in a trance. I got lost in the author's stories and could not put the book down. There is something powerful about memories and life experiences. They shape us and make us who we are. Just by reading her stories about family, dogs, and her views on life, I feel like I know who Joanne Nelson is. She introduces her entire family in a story about a photo album and helps the reader understand her relationship with each one of them. She also encourages people to appreciate the beauty around them and what matters in life, not live like a person walking in a never-ending labyrinth filled with politics and differences. Her storytelling is effective and makes you reflect on your decisions and character. The book is well-written and organized, with a consistent format that makes it visually appealing. Great work.