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The Golden Slipper and Other Problems for Violet Strange
Anna Katharine Green
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Anne Lamott
Skippy Dies
Paul Murray
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
Florence Williams
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Bill Bryson
The Blind Assassin
Margaret Atwood
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky
How To Teach English
Jeremy Harmer
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath I always put off reading this because it seemed to be what wannabe cool kids / tortured artist fuckwads read in college. I thought it would be boring and self-absorbed like Prozac Nation. I'm glad it isn't. Beautiful language, and I didn't even feel cheated at the lack of a resolution, because this was realistic enough and to have a happy ending would feel, to use a word Esther's professor used, factitious. I was just happy that someone understood what it is like (I loved the part where she goes about looking for a place to hang her noose in a matter-of-fact way) and was able to write about this muddled state with clarity.