Emma Watson Picks Terese Marie Mailhot’s HEART BERRIES for Her Book Club

Actor Emma Watson has announced her March/April pick for her book club, Our Shared Self, and it’s Terese Marie Mailhot’s memoir Heart Berries.

Given a notebook during a hospitalization, Mailhot began to write as a way of dealing with trauma. In Heart Berries, Mailhot writes about her childhood growing up on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation, her dual diagnosis of PTSD and bipolar II disorder, and reconciliation with her father, among other experiences both painful and joyful.

This book club pick comes on the heels of what has been a stellar few months for the first-time author. Heart Berries has been recommended by everyone from Roxane Gay—who calls the book “an astounding memoir”—to the New York Times. Mailhot has also been on The Daily Show and featured on BuzzFeed.

Watson’s feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf, began in January 2016 and has amassed over 200,000 members on Goodreads. Members discuss each bimonthly pick on the discussion board of the Goodreads group, where Watson also posts her thoughts to kick off the conversation. You can read more thoughts about Watson’s book club on Book Riot right here.

Of Heart Berries, Watson writes, “I read this book in one sitting, but I know I will come back to lines in it to refer to again and again and again. I felt transformed by having read Mailhot’s book as if she channeled some of her brilliance to me through osmosis. As though magically just through having read her writing, I myself became more intelligent and a better writer without having to do ANYTHING!! That’s how good she is!”

Mailhot has an MFA in fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts and has written for The RumpusThe Toast, and the Los Angeles Times, among many others. She is presently a Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow at Purdue University. Heart Berries is published by Counterpoint Press in the US and Doubleday Canada in Canada.

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Kathleen Keenan: Kathleen Keenan is an editor and writer. Born and raised in Toronto, she lived in Montreal and Victoria before returning to her hometown to work in publishing. Some of her editorial projects include social studies textbooks, poetry for children, and picture books. Her writing has appeared in The Canadian Press, The Billfold, and Quill & Quire, and she also writes a monthly newsletter for the indie bookstore A Novel Spot, where she can occasionally be found selling books. When she's not working, Kathleen eats cheese, attends trivia nights, and blogs about what she's reading at Shelf Control. She has an MA in English with a focus on Victorian fiction, and there is nothing she loves more than a very long Victorian novel. Follow her on Twitter @KathleenMKeenan.