"Ask Baba Yaga: The Audiobook Collection" was such a surprise to me, in a good way. I thought it would be light and humorous. There was humor, but the book surprised me with its depth and poignancy. It's self-help, but self-help as told by a sarcastic, loving, strong, kind-hearted woman, who doesn't sugarcoat things but is always deeply loving.
This book is a treasure. I plan on buying many copies to give as gifts. It really is a beautiful, unexpected, creative gem that I am looking forward to owning and rereading. It's like sitting across Baba Yaga at the table, drinking tea and being hugged by her words.
In the latter half, I did start to feel a bit bogged down by the sorrowful questions, especially about the state of the world today. I'm not sure if that's because I'm highly sensitive to stuff, if the world is just strange right now, if the collection could have been organized differently to spread them out more, or a mix of all three of those things!
I'm very appreciative of the difficult topics it tackles, from the expected concerns of self-worth, to the painful topics of toxic parents, feeling like half of a woman because you gave birth via a C-section, to how you can get your family to respect your gender. If you've ever had a conversation with someone that didn't go too well, Ask Baba Yaga makes up for it, in a way. She cradles you and I do believe this book has the capacity to help people heal.