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    Liz reviews THE FAMILY FANG by Kevin Wilson, reading here 5/22.

    August 2012

    "For those of you who are wary of a graphic novel, let me put you at ease: Alison Bechdel’s tragicomic is for the truest of literary lovers, as she explains her relationship with her father through their mutual love of books and the art of storytelling. This book is first and foremost a daughter’s retelling of history, with Bechdel’s illustrations as complement and guide." - Lauren Araujo

    The Shoemaker's Wife,

    A poignant and stirring debut about family, grief and guilt.

    Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx

    This is a great book if you are looking for ideas on how to connect with your kids or just become closer as a family.

    Gone Girl | IndieBound One of my favorites this year, a dark, twisted, wildly entertaining look inside a marriage.

    America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams

    "On Chesil Beach is the story of a wedding night stripped of contrivances and idealism. Florence and Edward, both virgins, approach the consummation with brilliantly written anxieties toward what they are expected to do, how they are expected to do it, and how the hell they are to get to it in the first place. The build-up, a hilarious and painful tapestry of awkward "I love you"s and much bush-beating, leads to one of the more unforgettable endings in English literature." - Tristan Hickey

    "It took eighteen years for Ben Fountain to publish this PEN/Hemingway Award-winning collection of short stories. In that time, he made more than 30 trips to Haiti (where three of his stories take place), and also set himself to a disciplined creative process that honed a singular talent we won't soon forget. Do me a favor: Grab a copy and one of our chairs and read the first story (or as much of it as you've time to). Then see if you can put it back." - Tristan Hickey

    America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams: Steve Economides, Annette Economides: 9780307339454: Books

    "Jon Ronson is the funniest name in nonfiction today. His ability to gain rapport with some of the strangest, scariest, loveliest people in the world is simply amazing, and the stories that grow from these relationships are filled with such humorous, piercing insight as has not been seen since Mencken (though Ronson is much sweeter)." - Tristan Hickey

    "This is an important point: I would not have thought that a book about the slums of Mumbai would engage me to the point that I would be oblivious to the possibility of my own death. Boo gets deep into the personalities of the people she follows. She paints a story of poverty, humanity, limitless corruption, and yet somehow manages to keep her touch light enough to make it bearable." - Ann Patchett

    "Wright's book does what great nonfiction should do -- it tells a story better than fiction. If you're looking for another bash book, look elsewhere, but if you want an interesting subset of American religion looked at in fairness and detail, you will not be able to put down GOING CLEAR." - Tristan Hickey

    "A writer's style and energy are one. When the latter runs out, the newest masterpiece/classic/whatever is a tour-de-force of torture, and closing the dud's pages comes just short of coaxing a sigh from the book itself. I'm pleased to report that Junot Diaz is not one of those writers, and THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER is not one of those books." - Tristan Hickey

    Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures