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Weekend Reading

In this edition of Weekend Reading, secrets and lies, George Washington and Benedict Arnold, and a "rib-tickler" about death (of Weekend Reading-Amazon Book Reviewcourse).

Erin Kodicek: I know they say that you cannot judge a book by its cover, but let's face it, we all do, and Tracy Barone's Happy Family is quite a fetching one. The title is ironic, because it's about a decidedly damaged brood/s. Can you really ever comprehend your parents as people and not simply as your parents? That is the question this emotional but acerbically funny debut asks.

Adrian Liang: I have on my TBR stack Valiant Ambition, Nathaniel Philbrick's newest nonfiction book about George Washington and Benedict Arnold. I was riveted by  Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea, and I'm looking forward to becoming enmeshed in his description of the Revolutionary War. I'm also diving into Sleeping Giants, a sci-fi tale about the discovery underground of a giant metal hand of inexplicable origins—and the people who seek the meaning behind it.

Jon Foro: According to its description, Zero K "weighs the darkness of the world--terrorism, floods, fires, famine, plague," and is also the "funniest...novel in years from Don DeLillo." Sign me up! If all that postmodern reflection turns out to be too rib-tickling, I have The Winter Fortress, the story of the mission to derail the development of Hitler's atomic bomb.

Seira Wilson: I started a young adult novel called Drag Teen last night so will read some more of that one—it's about a gay teen living in a small town who sets out to win a drag competition in NYC for the scholarship money that will help him leave his old life behind. It's contemporary and not about being bullied, but about how being accepted doesn't always mean you feel like you fit in.


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