The Harm In Asking (2014) 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… 2014-03-25 Essays Three Rivers Press
Book Review

The Harm In Asking (2014)

THE HARM IN ASKING Sara Barron
THE HARM IN ASKING Sara Barron
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 25, 2014; Writer: Sara Barron; Genre: Essays; Publisher: Three Rivers Press

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+

Originally posted Mar 19, 2014 Published in issue #1304 Mar 28, 2014 Order article reprints