An ode to disappointment, loss, and incredibly bad luck, this collection of biographies is just the thing to cure your literary doldrums if you are working on your novel, poem, doctoral thesis, or even just a term paper. The writers within suffer from a stunning lack of success and excess of misfortune, ranging from inability to get past the first sentence to forgetting their entire manuscript on the train. This clever volume will inspire you via schadenfreude or simply feed your quirky book lover's side.

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By C. D. Rose, Andrew Gallix (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781612193786
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Published: Melville House - November 4th, 2014

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ISBN: 9781612194622
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Published: Melville House - October 26th, 2015

If you’ve glanced at my other staff picks, you’ll see I am a huge fan of Caitlin Moran. She is a blue collar Nora Ephron, a Tina Fey from the wrong side of the tracks, but even funnier. Everytime I read her work, I cackle with glee. Moranthology is no exception to the cackling. Moranthology is a collection of Moran’s most beloved articles from the various British publications she writes for. Topics range from an interview with Lady Gaga in a sex club in Berlin to the importance of social services for low income households in Britain. Moran’s approach to each topic is entertaining and refreshing- and full of bite. (This anthology is a must read for fans of How to Be a Woman and How to Build a Girl!)

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ISBN: 9780062258533
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 6th, 2012

In her collection of short essays, Ellen Degeneres comically goes from mundane to valuable topics and lessons learned throughout her career. Degeneres includes learned wisdom and optimism from failures and struggles, and brings together the balance between such concepts. Touching on topics such as socializing and technology, happiness, careers, humanity, and much more, Degeneres points out the obvious flaws in today's society and the ways in which individuals life each day. If this weren't enough for an interested reader, she goes on to create a more interactive experience through coloring pages. With each chapter comes simple and pure enlightenment, offering hope and change for those needing a moment each day to pause and reevaluate.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780446585040
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 25th, 2012

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