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WHAT HAVE YOU RECENTLY FINISHED READING?
I’m always ready for another book about US Presidents and their families, so I was glad to finally get my hands on The First Family Detail by Ronald Kessler. It’s about the Secret Service—mainly during the last fifty years or so—and how they go about protecting the Presidents, First Ladies, and their children. I’ve read some previous books by Kessler and they tend to be a bit “gossipy”—and this book was no exception. However, I will say that the author is an equal-opportunity teller of tales—he had as many stories to tell about Republican Presidents as he did about the Democrats! And I did learn some things about the training that Secret Service agents go through and how the personalities and preferences of the various presidents affect their protection. All in all, this was a pretty quick, entertaining, and informative read.
I was initially interested in the novel What We’ve Lost Is Nothing by Rachel Louise Snyder because the setting is local to me—it takes place in the very real Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois. The entire plot unfolds over just 48 hours on a single street where a series of burglaries takes place. As the people affected by these crimes try to come to grips with what has happened to them, they also must confront their own hidden prejudices and assumptions about their neighbors. Although I thought that the author got borderline “preachy” at times in trying to make her points about diversity and race relations, on the whole I thought this was a very good novel—and I think it would make an excellent book club selection.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
It seems as though everybody is talking about Matthew Thomas’ new novel We Are Not Ourselves, so I was excited to pick it up from the library this weekend. It’s a 600+ page Irish-American family saga taking place over several decades–beginning with post-WWII New York City. I’m only a few dozen pages in, but I’m pretty invested in the characters already. I’m hoping to be able to spend some quality time with this book over the next few days!
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
As usual, I have absolutely no idea—but I’m sure I’ll find something!
How about you? Have you read any of these? What are you reading this week? Please share!