Everything I Know How to Do, I Owe to the Klutz Books

How else would I have learned to do magic tricks, make friendship bracelets, or braid hair?

Maya Kosoff
5 min readDec 17, 2020

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When I close my eyes I can see my childhood bookshelf. There’s the light blue Laura Ingalls Wilder box set, the copy of Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, the “Dear America” books with the built-in fabric bookmarks (in retrospect, possibly problematic or at least historically questionable), the copy of the The Care And Keeping Of You, an American Girl book that was wordlessly handed to me…

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Maya Kosoff

i’m a freelance writer and editor. you can also read me in places like the new york times and vanity fair.