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Leave the Building Quickly by Cynthia Kaplan
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Jan 03, 2011

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bookshelves: essays, american, brevity, cnf, columnists, humor, memoir, non-fiction
Read in January, 2011

I was so excited when I learned that Cynthia Kaplan had another book out—I received her first collection, "Why I'm Like This," as a gift a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it. So the fact that I didn't love this one as much might not be a reflection on this collection itself, but just that the first one was so great, anything else might pale in comparison. I did feel like there were a couple of essays in this one that fell a bit flat. But I really loved (and related to) the essay about how she tried to convince her grandmother (struggling with dementia) to use an American Express card, and the one about her relationship with her older brother. Overall, it just didn't "zing" for me the way the first collection did, but I still love her voice and the mixture of reflective thoughtfulness and humor.

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