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5 books to add to your reading list
By Paul Harding
A follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize winner Tinkers, the novel follows a year in the life of Charlie Crosby (grandson of Tinkers protagonist) as he struggles with personal tragedy.
Claire of the Sea Light
By Edwidge Danticat
As a father makes a wrenching decision in the hope it will offer his young daughter a better life, the child disappears. Set in Haiti, with stretches between fable, folk tale, and devastating reality.
By Jonathan Lethem
Lethem follows a mother and daughter, as well as their lovers and sons, through multiple decades and modes of political activism, from Communism to Occupy Wall Street.
Men We Reaped
By Jesmyn Ward
In five years, Ward lost five men in her life, all black, to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the by-products of poverty. A sobering new memoir, hard to read and harder to forget.
The Affairs of Others
By Amy Grace Loyd
Celia, a widow and landlord, rents to a volatile woman on the run. As Celia is roped into the messy, sensual lives of her neighbors, she rediscovers passion and desire.