Stephan Lee
March 21, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Harm In Asking

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Sara Barron
publisher
Three Rivers Press
genre
Essays

We gave it a B+

Sara Barron is constantly amused and baffled by her painfully awkward interactions with other people. Whether she’s moving into a friend’s walk-in closet because she’s priced out of Manhattan real estate, discussing her love of bad music, or going on a hot date at Chipotle, we’re lucky to squirm alongside her. There are a few too many chapters about her suburban childhood, but once she shifts the scene to the Big Apple, Barron makes for great company. The show-stopping penultimate essay alone — about a writing class-turned-dysfunctional group-therapy session — is worth the price of admission. B+

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