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Brock Clarke, An Arsonist's Guide to Writer's Homes in New England

I'm currently reading An Arsonist's Guide to Writer's Homes in New England by Brock Clarke and on page 87 there was an interesting occurrence. The protagonist is in a book store when he notices a book called The Ordinary White Boy, author unknown unless you were observant enough to notice on the "Also by Brock Clarke" page that he wrote a book by this same name . Our Humble Narrator then reads the back cover author bio and ponders that the fiction section isn't so different from the memoir section. He then puts it back, doesn't purchase it which made me laugh.

So the question...would you consider this as shameless self promotion or simply the author's need to reference a past work to show how his ideas have evolved--mind you, this is conjecture as I've never read The Ordinary White Boy. Anyone else come across something similar in other books or have other theories as to why Clarke may have name-dropped himself?
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