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Goodbye, Vitamin
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Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir
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Watch Me Disappear
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Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
A Man Called Ove
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Our Souls at Night
White Fur
Confessions of a Domestic Failure
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Book Review: You Think It, I'll Say It

You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld

I am a big fan of Curtis Sittenfeld and have read everything she has written (Prep, Eligible, American Wife to name some of my favorites). So, naturally, I was thrilled to hear about her new collection of short stories. (I am also a fan of short stories.)

This collection, You Think It, I’ll Say It, is a wonderful collection of short stories that can be read in short bursts of time. Each story stands alone, which is a big plus for those in a hurry. But, this does not mean they are without depth. Each story does what Sittenfeld does best - makes us look hard at the things we feel but don’t want to acknowledge. (Hence the title of this collection.) She’ll make you judge, and then squirm, and then feel judged yourself.

Ultimately, as with all short story collections, there are some stories I liked more than others. For instance, the story I actually liked the least “Gender Studies” was the first story in the collection. I’m glad I pressed forward because it ended up being my least favorite.

I did notice a common theme throughout the stories. In several stories, the main character is confronted by the past – such as seeing old classmates in present time. The characters must come to terms with what they felt in the past and what they feel in the present. Plus, an understanding of how things change and stay the same. The stories cover a wide variety of women – high profile jobs to stay-at-home-moms, which I also appreciated.

Overall, I enjoyed the collection, and I think every fan of her previous novels will as well. The book was released this week, so hurry up and get your hands on it!

**Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with this copy for review!

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