Weekend Reading

Adrian Liang on August 10, 2018

A soul-searching memoir, a crime novel exposing long-hidden truths, a graphic novel twirling around five teens in the woods and chasing monsters, and an upcoming history of U.S. presidents who've guided the nation through war are among the great books we're shoving into our weekend bags.

For more book recommendations, take a peek at our picks for best books of the month or best books of 2018 so far. So much to read; so little time!

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This weekend, I’m looking forward to finishing Alethea Black’s memoir, You’ve Been So Lucky Already. You might remember Black from her widely-praised story collection, I Knew You’d Be Lovely: Kirkus Reviews said of it, “This debut reads like a dream, with nary a false note.” So far, Black’s smart, amusing voice is a delightful foil for this tale of a young life marked by loss (of her brilliant, loving father, an MIT mathematician) and struggle (a diagnosis-resistant illness). I feel lucky myself to be reading You’ve Been So Lucky Already–it isn’t out until October. –Sarah Harrison Smith

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I'm off camping in the wilds this weekend, so what better companion than the first volume of Lumberjanes, a graphic novel that takes place at the gloriously-named Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types? Five young women battle monsters and go a-questing in this hilarious and edgy story aimed at teens but that has won many adults' hearts. This will be a re-read for me, but I'm hoping that my tween daughter will be intrigued and pick it up as well. Good news for readers: Lumberjanes is currently available through Prime Reading. –Adrian Liang

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I'll be reading an early version of Presidents of War by Michael Beschloss (out in October). There's a blurb on the back from Jon Meacham (whose The Soul of America I read and loved--it's out now, and you should read it if the title sounds at all interesting). Meacham writes that Beschloss "tells the story of how, through history, our Presidents came to be so powerful and to lead Americans into waging major wars.... Presidents of War is a landmark book about power, leadership, and human nature itself." --Chris Schluep

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I don’t typically read mysteries (and I may have initially mistaken this book for a Liane Moriarty novel), but Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear was recommended by a trusted colleague, and it does not disappoint. While investigating two murders that may be related, a policewoman comes to the uneasy conclusion that her father may be involved. He’s always had a casual relationship with the truth, but is he capable of something so monstrous? I’m a’ gonna find out. —Erin Kodicek


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