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Weekend Reading

UpstreamIn this edition of Weekend Reading, essays from a beloved poet, the author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette returns, and a story about a detective who gets paid with baked goods.

Jon Foro: It's hot here and my attention span is blown, so I'm going to take a look at some shorter books this weekend. Mary Oliver wrote a poem called "Wild Geese," where she said "You do not have to be good." Everyone loves to hear that, for obvious reasons. Her new collection of essays, Upstream, 175 pages, reflects on her work at the intersection of literature and the natural world. Peter Ackroyd, who has previously penned massive histories of England, gets to the point with a biography of Alfred Hitchcock titled Alfred Hitchcock, which comes in at a svelte 260 pages. Ben Macintyre has written several top-notch, true-life spy stories. Rogue Heroes, his history of the Britain's elite Special Air Services unit, is challenging my parameters with its 331 pages, but if it's anything like his previous books, he's told a story it would take most others 600 pages to tell, and that makes for good reading.

Erin Kodicek: Where'd You Go, Bernadette fans rejoice! Maria Semple is back with what promises to be another smart, wry novel, Today Will Be Different. In it, matriarch Eleanor Flood has a flood of problems after finally committing to getting her together. This is another tale of best laid plans gone horribly wrong, something we all can (painfully) relate to. It's also supposed to have some great Amazon jokes in it, too.

Chris Schluep: I am reading IQ by Joe Ide. It's a very funny, clever novel about a private detective who lives in LA, whose clients don't have a lot of money, so they pay him in things like home-baked blueberry muffins. 


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