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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Set Free Your Flow: A Centered View is an autobiographical account relating the life story of Selin Senol-Akin, an acclaimed professor, author, human rights activist, and poet. Through her poetic verses and essays, Selin Senol-Akin provides readers with a rare glimpse into the lives of children of immigrant parents who find themselves torn between clashing cultures. The book opens with a poem titled "A Centered View", which encapsulates the very essence of being raised in an immigrant family in America. It explores the conflict that lies within one's soul, a conflict that arises when contrasting views pull your psyche in opposite directions. The book follows Selin's life in contemporary America as a modern feminist with her roots in Turkey, who is fighting a brave battle against the imprisonment of her husband by an authoritarian regime.
Set Free Your Flow: A Centered View is an inspirational and thought-provoking autobiography that leaves a lot to ponder on long after you've finished reading the book. Author Selin Senol-Akin gives an unflinching account of her life as a modern Turkish American trying to navigate traditional and modern values without losing her unique identity. There are some truly heartbreaking aspects to her story, from men in positions of power trying to take advantage of vulnerable women to raising a daughter as a single mother due to her husband falling victim to a totalitarian regime's whims. I found the poems intimate and breathtakingly beautiful. Her essays give keen insight into the lives of bicultural people. Highly recommended.