So Sad Today: Personal Essays

Grand Central. Mar. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9781455562725. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781455562718. LIT
Poet Broder's @SoSadToday Twitter feed began as an anonymous way for her to purge dark thoughts. Here, given far more than 140 characters to work with, Broder employs precise and provoking language to entice readers with essays that explore the all-consuming nature of technology, romance and relationships in the modern world, and what it means to be human. Her innermost secrets, which include an eating disorder, her sexual predilections, complete with a vomit fantasy, appear bizarre yet honest, so that one cannot help but feel a kinship to the author. Whether visiting a shaman or finding enlightenment through tantric yoga, Broder offers others who may be suffering a beacon of hope that each of us is not alone. More than a collection of essays, this memoir of sorts documents anxiety, hurt, and understanding with humor and heart.
VERDICT Eloquent in its grittiness, this title will do well in modern literature collections, fitting in with the likes of Jenny Lawson's Furiously Happy and Frank Warren's PostSecret.
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