Misery lit  

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Misery lit (mis lit, misery memoirs) is a term ostensibly coined by The Bookseller magazine that describes a genre of biographical literature mostly concerned with the protagonist's triumph over personal trauma or abuse, often during childhood (because of the recovery dimension of the genre, some publishers refer to it as "inspirational lit", or "inspi-lit"). The genre is generally considered to be American in origin, but eventually became wildly popular in Britain as well.

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