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She has a well articulated stream-of-conscience process which I can easily connect with.
When I read one essay at a time, these things did not happen, and I could go back to enjoying the fluently written, nicely observed essays about not much of anything.
If you have a functioning brain and a sense of humor and a few extra dollars, buy this book.
I took a writing class that referred to one of Daum's essays and I had heard the book touted elsewhere. I have read a lot of essay collections and I think I know quality. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kathy Cornell
I'm giving this book 5 stars because of the one essay "Music is my Bag."
I read that essay in college, then bought the entire book on the basis of that essay and I... Read more
I received the book quickly and try to read an essay an evening. Very good book!Published on March 2, 2009 by Barbara J. Williams
In this highly autobiographical and entertaining collection of essays, the author offers insight into American culture that both informs and questions. Read morePublished on November 2, 2008 by J. Grattan
Daum is a really really good writer. Her essay on the ease of acquiring debt in NYC is spot on, even ten years later. However, I found the rest of the essays quite pointless. Read morePublished on September 25, 2008 by C. R. Morgan
I'm a big fan of these short essay, memoirish type collections, so I enjoyed these pieces quite a bit. Read morePublished on February 12, 2008 by Billy Pilgrim
So often you read a highly recommended book, even an award-winning book, and it stinks. This is why I generally read 19th century fiction.... Read morePublished on October 22, 2003 by Kate Smart
I found MY MISSPENT YOUTH almost too painful to read. Thankfully I stuck with her wonderfully written essays and can say I'm a better man for it. Read morePublished on July 10, 2003