What We’re Reading


The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Johnathan Evison
“The narrator’s voice in this book drew me right in. Benjamin tells his story of loss and more loss, of being an utter loser, with just enough resignation, self-pity and humor that, even for all his loserdom, I can’t help but find him charming. I want to be his friend. Talk him out of the black hole he sunk into after he lost his children, then his marriage. And I’m glad to be in the van with him as he drives across country with his new friend and charge, Trevor, a teenage boy (with a teenage boy’s libido – yowza) in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This story is unusual, unique, and told with just a boatload of heart. Evison has a great sense of humor (which fans of his New York Times bestseller West of Here will remember well). This book reminded me of another Algonquin title I adored from a few years back, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England. This is no cookie cutter story. Jump in the van, take the ride. It’s a good time.


Rumspringa by Tom Shachtman
“It’s really interesting to get a look inside a culture that although American is so completely isolated from the rest of the country. They are taking a huge risk choosing to leave the only world they’ve ever known, and if that’s not terrifying enough they make that departure at 16. It’s a really compelling read”

Join Mandy and the Happy Hour Book Club tomorrow September 27 at 5:30 at the Highball when they discuss Rumspringa.


Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd
“This is the first of five books of the history of England. Peter Ackroyd is by far one of my favorite authors. Hawksmoor is a fantastic creepy thriller. He’s written fantastic biographies of Charles dickens and T.S. Elliot. His almost stream of consciousness biography of England is an amazing work. He alternates between chapters of history and focused looks at what life would have been like in very specific strata and parts of England. I highly recommend it, and all of Peter Ackroyd’s books.”


I’m Proud of You by Tim Madigan
I’m Proud of You is about a reporter who reluctantly takes an assignment interviewing Mr. Rogers in his neighborhood. They become fast friends. It’s less touchy feely and more frank, it doesn’t get too “Tuesdays with Morrie.” In all the reviews I’ve read of it online it did say it made grown men cry, who knows- I could cry.”



Like a Velvet Glove Cast In Iron by Daniel Clowes
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again I’m in love with Daniel Clowes. The man is a genius, his drawings melt my brain- they are really that good. I’ve read Eightball, but I had never read the compiled chapters in the form of Like a Velvet Glove Cast In Iron. Clowes has reworked some panels, and the result is perfection. The book reads like a fever dream, terrifying, sexy, and slightly confusing- in the best possible way. If for no other reason you should read this because of Tina, the horny teen fish girl mutant with the bum leg. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL.”

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