#BookReview – WORDS WE CARRY by D.G. Kaye #memoir #essay

Book Review – non-fiction memoir/essay


My latest review was just a fraction too late to squeeze into #AugustReviews, but please do share anyway.

Words We Carry by D.G. Kaye
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

‘Words We Carry: Essays of Obsession and Self-Esteem’ is a perfect title for this collection of memoirs about growing up with self-esteem issues, and the obsessions created by that situation, both in defence, and in growth and recovery.
D.G. Kaye presents us with another no-holds-barred insight into her difficult childhood, and how it formed the strong, confident adult she has become. This book also appealed to me on the grounds that I grew up in the same time period, and remember fondly the fashions and the freedoms of the age. Shoe fetishes I understand, though not to such a hilariously obsessive degree. Big hair? Oh yes.
Lipstick and make up have never figured strongly in my life (when you work outdoors in all weathers, its nigh on impossible), but I totally understand the colour statement – in my case, orange is my signature colour too, only in clothes, not lipstick. But then, we do share hair colour…
On a serious note, there are many Words I carry with me from bullying at school, that I now recognise as such, and sharing this author’s journey helps me to trace some of the effects they have had throughout my life. I respect her advice to get out of certain relationships, and although there is one such in my life I won’t be cutting loose, this book has given me a far greater understanding of the attitudes and remarks of the person in question, which will make it so much easier to deal with – thank you!
Kaye writes in an absorbing manner, so that even when the subject is one I don’t identify with, she still draws me in for fascination value. Her positive attitude to life, especially considering the trauma of the words and events of her childhood, is music to my ears. Take that encouragement, dear reader, and you too can turn your life around, as this courageous lady has done from such an unpromising start.

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D.G. Kaye is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

Conflicted Hearts     
Meno-What? A Memoir
Words We Carry
Have Bags, Will Travel 

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  1. This is a lovely book review. I’ve added it to my TBR even though I’m not a huge memoir guy. I’m sorry to hear that you still carry some of the bullies’ comments today and I truly empathize with that, I think it’s accepted as part of growing up as everyone figures themselves out.


    1. Thank you – I hope you both enjoy it and find it insightful, I know I did.
      I think anyone who has had unkind words said to them in their youth (let’s face it, who hasn’t) can look back and see how those comments have influenced their development, and it doesn’t have to have a negative outcome, sometimes it just makes us stronger.

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  2. This is one brilliant book! I found it so useful. I reviewed it as well: Hope you don’t mind the link?https://judithbarrowblog.com/2016/08/02/my-review-of-words-we-carry-by-d-g-kaye/

    Liked by 1 person

    1. No problem – more positive words about this book to reinforce my opinion of it 😀


  3. Great review, Debby! Posted.


    1. Thank you 😀


  4. A wonderful book review. I have Debby’s book in my TBR. Looking forward to reading it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for dropping in to read it! I’m sure you will enjoy it when you get there.

      Liked by 1 person

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