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Compare and Contrast

I don’t have any magic formulas for the books I selected and used as comparable titles — except if you consider reading, as I do, as a superpower. A few years ago I wanted to start sending out my own book.  I attempted to take stock of what I loved to read and re-read, the books I kept returning to for inspiration and solace: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, Citizen by Claudia Rankine, Leaving Yuba City by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni; then add Bluets by Maggie Nelson and Why Did I Ever by Mary Robison, and of course Dictee, by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha.

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