Milk and Honey is a collection of prose and poems by Rupi Kaur. Originally self-published on Amazon in 2014, the book was later picked up by Andrews McMeel Publishing in 2015. The book was on numerous best seller lists, including the New York Times Best Sellers list. Over one million copies have been sold, and the book has been translated into over twenty-five different languages. Though the book is not currently available at the Bishop Mueller Library, it can be attained via the Sioux City Public Library, or can be purchased from numerous bookstores.
The book is primarily about surviving and coping with different situations in life. It is broken down into 4 sections, each one dealing with a different topic. They are The Hurting, The Loving, The Breaking, and The Healing, respectively. Most of the poems and prose are accompanied by illustrations Rupi Kaur has drawn to intertwine with her words.
The Hurting deals mostly with rape and abuse. There are also poems about the unfair treatment of women. Kaur is using her own experiences with these issues to try and help her readers deal with their own pain. She also brings about an overtone of feminism.
The Loving is a more liberating section. It is about Kaur’s experiences with sexual interactions. She writes about learning to love other people by learning to love herself first. The poems in this section seem more careless and free. They are more enjoyable to read.
The Breaking is another depressing section to read. Kaur writes about losing someone she loved because he did not appreciate her. He filled her with lies and deceit. She lost herself in the relationship and she has to learn to love herself again.
The Healing is again about Kaur learning to love herself and accept herself for who she is. She must learn that the bad things that have happened to her are not her fault. It is not her fault that there are cruel people in the world. It is not her fault that she is repeatedly hurt by awful people.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. The poems are well written and the sections are pieced together nicely. It was also a simple read and I was able to finish it fairly quickly. Though I did not need to find emotional support in this book, I can see how others might have. It is a book about survival and that theme is present throughout most of the poems and prose. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to self-heal, or anyone looking for an easy read.