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Happy Birthday or Whatever by Annie Choi
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Apr 28, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir
Read in April, 2008

One of the best memoir essay collections I've read. It's cohesive as a whole but each piece stands alone as well. Unlike most other collections I've read, each story has a depth and a purpose beyond a "here's a funny story" retelling. Characters are allowed to unfold organically and situations build on previous essays. I found myself drawn into the pieces and found satisfying the overall build of the collection.

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