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For THIS IS US Weepers: Book Recommendations Galore!

If by now you haven’t seen NBC’s This Is Us, nominated for 10 Emmys its freshman season, you’re doing your tear glands a disservice. 

The ratings topper stars Milo Ventimiglia (dreamy Jess from Gilmore Girls) and Mandy Moore (Beaufort’s own Jamie Sullivan, RIP), not to mention the Holy Trinity of Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, and Justin Hartley (see endless IMDB credits).

Relatability is the show’s strength (hence the title… get it?), so naturally, fans will identify with at least one Pearson. That said, I’m doling out reading recs for each character type—plus a breakdown of who’s who, for newbies. 

Help yourselves.



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You’re everyone’s therapist, even though you need the most guidance of all. Showing vulnerability feels unnatural. You’d jump through fire for your family (and may have literally done so at one point—eek!).

· The Hunting Accident by David Carlson

· The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

· The Ones Who Hit the Hardest by Chad Millman and Shawn Coyne




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You’ve slowly released your dreams, opting for a more practical version of happiness. Disciplinarian is your role at home. You sometimes wish for more balance in life, and for someone to understand.

· Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

· Wild by Cheryl Strayed

· The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood



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You’re book-smart and high-achieving. Outlines are your friend. You have a perfection complex, which leads to crippling anxiety when things go awry. Face it, you’re extra.

· Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

· The Leavers by Lisa Ko

· My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel



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You opine loudly and run the show in relationships. You have a low tolerance for nonsense and high production rate of instant clapbacks. Swag levels are constantly surging.

· A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

· Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

· The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood



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Confidence-building is a process. You’re kind and smart, but unsure of which direction to take in life. You reserve your heart for select people. You prioritize others before yourself.  

· Because I Was a Girl by Melissa De La Cruz

· The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

· Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann



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You deal with grief through humor. You’re extroverted and love an audience. You make grand gestures. You’re immature, but you mean well. You’re ambitious to a fault.

· Are You Anybody? by Jeffrey Tambor

· Everything Is Awful by Matt Bellassai

· I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart

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