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Weekend Reading

Here are the books the Amazon editors will be buried in this weekend. What about you? Weekend Reading

Adrian Liang: I'm 100 pages into Elizabeth Percer's All Stories Are Love Stories, and the writing is so good, it makes my stomach hurt. The premise is fantastic, too. The book opens with the reader being told that an enormous earthquake is going to hit modern-day San Francisco in seven hours, fifty-two minutes, and thirteen seconds—and a second massive quake will hit shortly after. But the impact (ha!) so far is not the upcoming disaster but the thoughts and lives of two long-estranged lovers and one almost-assistant-professor. It's being billed as a book "with echoes of Station Eleven," but so far it's grabbing me much more than Station Eleven did, and the quake hasn't even hit yet. I can't wait to finish it.

Seira Wilson: This weekend I'm finishing All Things Cease to Appear--I'm about halfway through and it's getting kind of creepy (in a good way). I'm also going to take a look at a couple of upcoming young adult novels including I Woke Up Dead at the Mall, which looks funny and has the mall of America as purgatory. 

Sara Nelson: I'm looking forward to reading Behave, which seems like it's going to be a very smart thriller about parenting, children and behavior. And I hope to finish The Passenger, by Lisa Lutz. So far, I'm loving the smart aleck voice of this novel of intrigue about a woman who changes her identity as frequently as her hair style (and she changes that, too!) 

Erin Kodicek: Sara is in for a treat when she dips into Behave. I've got a few chapters to go. It's about (in)famous real-life Behaviorist John Watson, a man with very controversial ideas about child-rearing. Told from the point of view of his wife and former research associate, Rosalie Rayner, the novel suggests that--ultimately--she may not have ascribed to these ideas as enthusiastically as her husband, especially when it came to raising their own children. It's a fascinating, chilling, and surprisingly modern novel (I will say, however, that it could be a contender for the "Bad Sex in Fiction" award. Yeesh.).

Jon Foro: The Long Walk, Castner's 2012 memoir of two tours in Iraq in Explosive Ordnance Disposal, i.e. defusing bombs, was mesmerizing not only for its descriptions of war, but also for what happened when he returned home: when what he calls "the Crazy" alienated him from his family and compelled him to rig his minivan with ammunition clips for faster reloads while driving through suburbia. His new book, All the Ways We Kill And Die, takes readers on a manhunt for an elusive Iraqi bomb-maker called The Engineer, while examining the ways technology has changed the way war is waged. 

If that gets too dark, there's always Gone with the Mind, Mark Leyner's existential, autobiographical novel which takes place entirely within the realm of a food court.

Chris Schluep: I will be reading My Struggle: Book 5 by Karl Ove Knausgaard. I just got the advance reading copy, and I'm already looking forward to waking up tomorrow morning and reading it in bed. In this volume, his father dies and he finishes his first novel. There's only one more volume to go after this one.



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