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Jessica Hendry Nelson

Genre-bending author Jessica Hendry Nelson is blowing up the book world

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It would be easy to call If Only You People Could Follow Directions (Counterpoint Press, 2014) another memoir about addiction. And in a way, it is – author Jessica Hendry Nelson unflinchingly chronicles what it’s like to grow up and come of age in a home torn apart by alcohol and drugs. But her linked, abstract essays and her dense prose elevate this complicated story, creating something that doesn’t fit into any neat category. Instead of the traditional, straight-forward memoir that we’ve come to expect from the genre, Hendry Nelson offers us something new, something exciting, and something you won’t be able to put down. Don’t believe me? With starred reviews from both Kirkus and the Library Journal, and touted…

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