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Goodbye, Again: Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations

Harper Perennial. Apr. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9780062880857. $19.99. LIT
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In this collection of personal essays, best-selling author Sun (Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too) invites readers into the many metaphors of taking care of plants, the anxiety-ridden need to be productive, and the power of relationships. Sun relays many relatable anecdotes from being recognized by wait staff at a favorite restaurant to feeling more confident in writing and texting than in conversation. Readers familiar with Sun will appreciate his relatable voice as he details what it is to live with anxiety and depression but to still feel happy sometimes as well as to grow up and change while feeling nostalgic for the past. The collection is broken up into sections including 10 to 20 stories each, and stories range from one paragraph to several pages but each has significant meaning. Readers of David Sedaris will devour this collection; the stories are short but packed with eloquent detail that will lead readers to reminisce on their own lives.
VERDICT This poetic, humorous, and heartfelt collection will have readers nodding along, laughing, and maybe even crying, but more than anything they will be engrossed and craving more. Similar to Sun’s previous work, this is another standout.

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