|Plot Summary of Self-Help|
|"This was Lorrie Moore's debut collection of stories (1985), and what a fine set of tales it is. "How to Be an Other Woman" starts it off with a bang, instructing the reader what one does and how one feels in that position. In "Go Like This," the reader feels what it's like to be a woman dying of cancer and informing her friends that she's going to kill herself. "How to Become a Writer" catalogs all the neurotic things a budding creator goes through -- even perhaps makes herself go through -- to reach her goal. (I should say that all of these stories have a lot of humor in them!) The final piece, "To Fill," seems a fairly conventional account of an overweight wife and mom who's driving herself nuts over her size and suspicions of her husband's possible infidelity, but it packs an emotional wallop. An impressive first-time-out for a writer who would go on to even greater things."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Self-Help|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kind of romance:
- GENERAL--no other subplots apply
- playing footsy while inconveniently married
- vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)
- eccentric nature
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
- descript. of female anat. (the big V)
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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