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A Thanksgiving Reader's Feast

posted Nov 20, 2012, 1:13 PM by Holloway McCandless   [ updated Nov 20, 2012, 1:18 PM ]

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It's nice to have a book sized to fit your reading window. If you are lucky enough to have a couple long afternoons to spend with a book over the Thanksgiving weekend, and if you'd like to read about the late-20th century sentimental education of a sweet high school quarterback (nicknamed "Lizard") whose suburban life takes some surreal but believable turns, I recommend Bill Roorbach's Life Among Giants.

I reviewed Life Among Giants recently for Shelf Awareness and I was intrigued by the varied cast of characters and impressed by how well the author entwined a murder mystery and a bildungsroman. Plus, wouldn't you like to know what it's like to live next door to a legendary British rock star and his Norwegian prima ballerina wife?

*FTC Disclosure: I bought some of these books with my own bucks, but most were review copies I received through my assignments from Shelf Awareness (see an index of my Shelf Awareness book reviews here), but my opinions are not for sale, at least not for the price of a free book or a paltry book review fee. If you click on a "Shop Indie Bookstores" link above and end up ordering the book I might make a few cents, but the reason I link to Indie Bookstores on my site is that I adore them (my local: the fantabulous Brookline Booksmith) and I want them to survive.