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resting place book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

The Resting Place is a refreshing look on life. Pamela Little looks at her life, her moods, and her decisions from a death point of view. Her life is a mess, her brain jumbled, so she decides to take a leap of faith and purchases a grave plot.

The Resting Place outlines how this decision helps her reason with herself, helps her make decisions, helps her appreciate the things she may not have realized she needed to. “Her grave” gave Ms. Little a perspective that most may not ever be able to grasp–that life is not for living life but is all about death in the end. This is morbidly true, but not in the way that you may be thinking. Viewing life from a death standpoint can bring things into crystal clear focus, allotting ideas and introspection you may otherwise not have had.

Ms. Little’s Graveside Diary is honest, deliciously morbid and blunt, and bursting with harmonious epiphanies. It free flows yet in some way is also completely organized and open. The author provides her truth from deep within her mind in such a way as to wholly focus, with pinpoint accuracy, her troubles, her addictions, the her that no one can say they truly know. As you delve into her struggles with alcoholism, bipolar disorder, depression, divorce and inquisitiveness, you begin to travel with her and see why her way of thinking may not be so “gasp worthy” in the end.

Through her gravesite she finds solace and light. I wholeheartedly enjoyed reading her memoir. I felt her heart in every word she wrote and her passion as she went on this journey of self discovery and healing. The book has an openness and integrity that a lot of memoirs lack nowadays and an identifiable voice that a lot of people can relate to. A wonderful first book.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Jenna lives in the bustling city of Pittsburgh, PA with her wife, her chihuahua Penny, her retriever Ella and her two beautiful cats. Along with her passion for reading and the literary world, she is also an artist, writer, environmental activist, creative coordinator and aspiring culinary genius. She believes there is nothing better to her then a good book, and lives one cover to the next.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Pamela Little. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.