Survival by Book

Courtney Cook Williamson
A newsletter for people who are holding on for dear life, featuring stories of resilience told through the lens of the books read along the way.
Created 25 May 2020
  • Interstices: In Amsterdam
    03 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Hello from Amsterdam 🇳🇱 She wondered if you could love someone too much. If you could it wasn't fair. People didn't have a chance. Love was all you had in the end. It was like sleep, like clean wate...
  • 044: Mixtape
    26 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 1 1
    My desert-island, all-time, top five, most favorite things about being GenX, in chronological order: Riding in those fold up seats they used to put in the back of station wagons Having a teen line tha...
  • About Socially Distanced
    26 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Socially Distanced is a serialized, work-in-progress memoir in three parts, weaving together stories from three seasons of solitude and single parenting: two years as a student-mom at Dartmouth Colleg...
  • 2:1 Mud Season
    19 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    March - May 2020 March 7 I have to write this down so I don’t forget: Yesterday, Alge went out on to the ice on the river and fell through. Time really did slow down like in a movie—it was the weirdes...
  • 1:3 First-born
    19 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Socially Distanced is a memoir-in-progress which means it is a draft, not a finished work. And, some of the installments are less finished than others. “First-born” is here because it fits into the ch...
  • 043: Working Girl
    15 Sep 2021 • 13 min read • 1 2
    My advice to any woman who earns the reputation of being capable, is to not demonstrate her ability too much. You give advice; you say, do this, do that, I think I’ve got you a job, don’t worry, leave...
  • 042: Life at Footpace
    29 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Finally a soldier marched in and, holding his right hand to his chest, said, Salaam aleikum. Chetor hastid? Jan-e-shoma jur ast? Khub hastid? Sahat-e-shoma khub ast? Be khair hastid? Jur hastid? Khane...
  • 1.2 Hours Like Dreams
    22 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    December 1989 I am running across the Green without a coat; flushed and sweaty from the glory of what I have just experienced. It is November in New England and though the really big snowfalls are sti...
  • 041: Love Your Neighbor
    15 Aug 2021 • 16 min read • 2 3
    Earlier this week, I took a break from the day’s online meetings and stepped out into the screeching, mind-meltingly hot morning to go and buy some dish soap at my town’s rambling, quintessential, “if...
  • 040: What Does A Winner Look Like?
    01 Aug 2021 • 16 min read • 2 0
    I have remained true to . . . the courage of those who are born to be defeated, the weaknesses of the strong, and the tragedy of misunderstandings and missed opportunities, which I have done my best t...
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