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YOU’LL GROW OUT OF IT by Jessi Klein

My friend Anne had trouble reading this book. Not intellectually, but logistically. She had to keep taking off her glasses and wiping her eyes because she couldn’t stop laughing so hard that it made her weep. Jessi Klein is a … Continue reading

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FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times: if you sit next to me on public transportation, you are in danger of being chortled to death. A recent train ride home from New York with a copy … Continue reading

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BROKEN OPEN by Elizabeth Lesser

We live in a society where people often pretend things are fine when they aren’t. There are doubtless many reasons for this, some of them economic (you have to earn a living, and most jobs require a modicum of good … Continue reading

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THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE by Ann Patchett

Some things are meant to happen, and some things just aren’t.  I’ve had that thought many times in my life, and it occurred to me again last night as I sat at the bar of a crowded restaurant in Louisiana, … Continue reading

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THE REASON I JUMP by Naoki Higashida

Why should you read this book?  Two reasons: 1) if you know anyone who is autistic, and 2) if you are human. Written by a 13 year-old autistic boy, THE REASON I JUMP will open your mind to a whole … Continue reading

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LET’S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS by David Sedaris

For me, one measure of a good book is if I can easily remember, years later, when and where I first read it. For example, I will never forget the half-hour I spent snorting uncontrollably in line at the Montclair … Continue reading

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IN PRAISE OF MESSY LIVES by Katie Roiphe

I am pretty sure that most of my friends will like this book as much as I did, and not just because of the ironic title.  Which is not to say that we are messy people, per se.  Katie Roiphe’s … Continue reading

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WE LEARN NOTHING by Tim Kreider

On the back cover of WE LEARN NOTHING, Judd Apatow describes Tim Kreider’s writing as “heartbreaking, brutal, and hilarious—usually at the same time,” and I couldn’t agree more.  In this collection of personal essays and cartoons (mostly essays), Kreider recounts … Continue reading

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LIZZ FREE OR DIE by Lizz Winstead

As I was reading LIZZ FREE OR DIE last night and this morning, laughing hysterically to the point that I had to blow my nose several times, I kept thinking, How lucky I am to have the kind of work … Continue reading

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THE BULLFIGHTER CHECKS HER MAKEUP by Susan Orlean

When you think about it, there are perhaps hundreds of novelists and short story writers whose work you might want to read, but shockingly few great essayists.  For me, that short list would include Russell Baker (my idol), David Sedaris, … Continue reading

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