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Weekend Reading

LestatIn this edition of Weekend Reading, proof that Lestat never dies, the son of a climbing legend has harrowing tales of his own, and Günter Grass speaks from the grave.

Seira Wilson: This weekend I'll be dipping into the second book in Anne Rice's new series that brought back the vampire Lestat. Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis picks up where Prince Lestat left off and gets even more otherworldly with a story of Atlantis and that long ago empire's connection to the vampires.

Jon Foro: A few years ago, I had the great fortune to sit down with Jim Whittaker and his wife Dianne Roberts on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Big Jim's successful first American ascent of Mt. Everest (with his climbing partner, Nawang Gombu) and the reissue of his memoir, A Life on the Edge. Now their son Leif has a book of his own - My Old Man and the Mountain - recounting his own high-risk adventures and what it was like to "grow up Whittaker" and out of the shadow of his very famous father.

If that's not enough climbing, there's Simon McCartney's The Bond, also from Mountaineers Books and shortlisted for the 2016 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature (there are five great books on this list; check it out).

Erin Kodicek: I'm going to take a look at Of All That Ends by Günter Grass (apropos title since it's a posthumous release). Grass is best known for his novel, The Tin Drum. When he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1999, the Swedish Academy called it "one of the enduring literary works of the 20th century." In Of All That Ends, Grass reflects on his career, and storied life, which wasn't without controversy (He admitted late in life to being a member of the notorious Waffen-SS.) I'm curious how, or if, he addresses this shameful part of his past in what promises to be a meditative, melancholy offering.

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