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Poe for Your Problems

By: Catherine Baab-Muguira
Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya
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Publisher's summary

When life’s got you down and things aren’t going your way, who better to turn to than Edgar Allan Poe? Discover how to say "nevermore" to your problems in this darkly comedic and refreshing self-help guide.

Of all the writers anywhere, Poe might be the least likely person you'd ever turn to for advice. His life was a complete dumpster fire: He married his cousin; got fired from one job after another; constantly feuded with friends and rivals; and he was always broke. But that’s also precisely the point. Though Poe failed again and again, he also persevered.

Drawing deeply on his works and life, Catherine Baab-Muguira takes the familiar image of Poe in a new and surprising direction in this darkly inspiring self-help book. Despite what you might think, Edgar Allan Poe is the perfect person to teach you to say "Nevermore, problems!" and show you how to use all the terrible situations, tough breaks, bad luck, and even your darkest emotions in novel and creative ways to make a name for yourself and carve out your own unique, notorious place in the world.

An inspirational tale for black sheep everywhere, Poe for Your Problems will teach you how to overcome life’s biggest challenges to succeed at work, love, and art - despite the odds and no matter your flaws.

©2021 Catherine Baab-Muguira (P)2021 Running Press Adult

Critic reviews

“Books about people’s successes are common. Books where you can learn from someone’s painful demons and failures are rarer - but far more meaningful. Cat's writing on Poe is insightful, funny and important.” (Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle Is the Way)

“Fresh, page-turning, deeply informed and often funny, Catherine Baab-Muguira’s Poe for Your Problems brings us a sorely overdue Poe-meets-modernity perspective that won’t simply make its readers happier but smarter and even saner, too.” (Alan Pell Crawford, author of How Not to Get Rich: The Financial Misadventures of Mark Twain)

“I loved this! A book Poe himself might’ve written: fun, dangerous, a little dark, semi-autobiographical, ambitious but not pompous, and funny and outrageous!” (Steve Hely, producer of The Office, 30 Rock, and Veep, author of How I Became a Famous Novelist)

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Fantastic read — a little history and a lot of good advice!

I truly enjoyed this book. Smart, insightful, and funny — well researched and honest. The author has inspired me to reread those works of Poe I read years ago and to reach further into Poe’s works that I have not yet read, all with a new understanding of his life. And now I have one more tool to use when faced with my own life problems — the question, “what would Poe do?”

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