If You Knew Then What I Know Now

By Ryan Van Meter
(Sarabande Books, Paperback, 9781932511949, 209pp.)

Publication Date: April 2011

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Coming-of-age is complicated by coming-out in personal essays leavened with humor, generosity, and all the awkward indignities of growing up.

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  1. Two of the essays in the book are written in second-person point of view, although in each, the “you” represents a different listener. What are the effects and implications of second-person stances inpersonal essays? 

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