10 Self-Help Book Recommendations for Literary Outcasts

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Well-written characters are characters that face personal challenges. They are dynamic and compelling and complex — and sometimes we just don’t get them at all. (Holden Caulfield, I’m talking to you.) Because of this, many of our favorite characters are ones that exist on the peripheries; they can’t quite make it in the mainstream because some significant fatal flaw is holding them back. Oh, hamartia! Lucky for Holden (and Iago, and Miss Havisham, and all the other misfits), we’ve put together this list of recommended reading for our favorite literary outcasts. The genre is Self-Help because, just like us, these guys could use a little tough love.

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