We've got a jam-packed episode for you -- book recs, personality types, Jewish mourning customs, and an amazing debut novel about memory that made us both laughcry.
Two Book Minimum:
- Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall (R.I.P. 2019)
- The Enneagram Made Easy by Renee Baron
- Good Talk by Mira Jacob
- Kaddish.com by Nathan Englander
She Said/She Said: Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
Rachel Khong's first novel is charming, hilarious, and also heart-wrenching:
Freshly disengaged from her fiancé and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town and arrives at her parents' home to find that situation more complicated than she'd realized. Her father, a prominent history professor, is losing his memory and is only erratically lucid. Ruth's mother, meanwhile, is lucidly erratic. But as Ruth's father's condition intensifies, the comedy in her situation takes hold, gently transforming her all her grief.
Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humor, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one's footing in this life.
Note: This book is a great book club read! Suuuupes discuss-able.
News & Events:
Check this shiz out in the Fall 2019 issue of Lawrence Magazine!
Usually we only allow rock stars, killer DJs, bona fide demi-gods of bluegrass, etc into @nuthousepunks "Sounds" section. But now we'll have these @lawrencelibrary librarians. Find out why in our upcoming fall issue. (Photo by Fally Afani, who also rocks) pic.twitter.com/LBfi98af3g
— Lawrence Magazine (@lawrencemag) August 6, 2019
Click the thumbnails for info about these two upcoming events:
Aaaaaand, our new calendar format is here! Behold:
2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challenge can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019
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