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Two Non-Turkeys for Thanksgivikkah Reading

Here are a couple of engrossing reads for the holiday weekend. No pilgrims, no arguments over who washes the turkey pan, not so much as a hand-turkey elementary school art project in either of these, I promise. Either will get you through a long layover in the airport, the shame of being seated at the “kids’ table,” or a light case of tryptophan stupor. One may even act as a cautionary tale and keep you from over-gorging.

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The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri

All of Jhumpa Lahiri’s fiction deals with the immigrant experience, from India to (most often) the northeastern United States, and The Lowland is no exception. This time, though, the reader gets a lesson in Indian history along with a compelling family story. Read more

A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki

Having never read Ruth Ozeki, I approached this novel with some trepidation. It sounded like a real yard sale of elements: a teenage girl’s diary (possibly authored by a victim of the Fukushima disaster), Zen monks, time travel, schoolgirl fetishists, kamikaze pilots, quantum physics,… Read more

Chimp Lit

We need a new genre: Chimp Literary Fiction. (For a note on this photo, please see the link below from Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.) Read more

The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls

If there’s any truth to the new age saying that we choose our own parents, Jeannette Walls must love a challenge. Read more

Hearts as Idiots: Two Versions

I’ve just finished two very different books, but realized that they had a common thread after all: the places you end up by listening to your heart (or possibly your ego, libido, or a combination of all the above). The books are Davy Rothbart’s My Heart is an Idiot: Essays and Kathy Ebel’s Claudia Silver to the Rescue. Read more

This Beautiful Life, by Helen Schulman

This novel answers the question “how far can an inappropriately shared video go on the internet?” Take a group of teenagers partying in a house with absent parents, add alcohol, a spurned 8th grade girl, and a smart phone, and you’ll quickly find out. Read more