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While I have read quite a few of Lorrie Moore’s short stories, this was my first time to read an entire collection of her work. Self-Help, confronts the ugliness of the human experience. Through her use of recurring themes, defense mechanism rooted uses of humor, and an experimental use of syntax, Moore crafted an effective thematic conversation. The stories within Self-Help speak to one another through the repetition of circumstances, dialogue, tone, and point of view. My own relationship with writing has evolved since reading Moore’s book.

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Jac Jemc’s My Only Wife was one of my favorite reads so far this year, without a doubt. Through offering readers immaculate characterization, repetition, and insight into relationships, Jemc showcases the obscure fundamentals of human behavior. Interspersed between the hauntingly brilliant, poetic language and character rich narrative are non-linear glimpses into the past relationship still existing in the narrator’s present. Jemc’s characters are complicated and unappealing. Their quirks and flaws make them seem more human than we usually get to know in fiction and in real life, unless we are at an intimate level with a person, like the husband in this novel is speaking from.
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Contributor Book Review of ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Review by: Noelle Simonson

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Warning: This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.

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