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What are you up to this weekend? Around here, we’re getting together with friends and attending our first Christmas party in two years. I hope you have something to look forward to these next few days, and that these interesting reads and fun things help ease you into that weekend frame of mind.

My favorite finds from around the web:

  • The Books. Terrific piece from Alexander Chee. “One of the funniest and most interesting questions you can ask a group of couples at a party is whether or not they have combined their bookshelves.”
  • Who Owns a Recipe? A Plagiarism Claim Has Cookbook Authors Asking. “In the publishing world, it is well known and largely accepted that recipes, for the most part, can’t be copyrighted. But the “Makan” incident reinvigorated a debate about recipe ownership, leaving many writers and editors wondering how they can — or even if they should — protect their work in a genre that’s all about building on what came before.”
  • It’s entirely possible this mug will be in someone’s stocking at my house this year.
  • Despite the Heaviness I Carried, I Kept Stirring. Stunning essay by Elizabeth Acevedo. “Perhaps I thought the only thing holding us loosely together was the idea of a better day, a better decade, better care that might result in better health for a beloved.”
  • You wouldn’t believe how many emails and messages I get asking what my husband Will is reading right now. The current answer: this 2015 nonfiction book.
  • Out There I Have To Smile. Very moving. “For parents of kids with disabled bodies, out there can be exhausting. It maintains chipper myths about babies that your child breaks. What’s with that feeding tube? It tosses questions at your feet like it’s throwing you something between flowers and rotten fruit. Why’s she so small? What happened? What’s wrong? You answer with a smile, or you answer with fatigue, or you turn your head because none of your business.”

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  1. Sandy says:

    I liked “Beartown” and recently finished Backman’s “Anxious People.”

    Currently I’ve just finished “Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie” and am working on Alan Furst’s novel “Under Occupation” and Marvin Kalb’s memoir “The Year I was Peter the Great.”

  2. Suzy says:

    It just occurred to me that new 2021 books by such popular authors as Amor Towles, Anthony Doerr and Elizabeth Strout were NOT listed in your 2021 Reading Guide…..Hmmm. Telling.

    • Pam says:

      I think those three books came out in the fall, too late for the summer 2021 reading guide, if that is the reading guide you are referring to. I don’t have access to the other reading guides, as I’m not a book club member…

    • Anne says:

      Don’t be too concerned about this! Those books were all published in the fall, and the Summer Reading Guide didn’t include any books published later than August.

  3. Rita says:

    Thank you for the link to the Elizabeth Acevedo article. She’s one of my very favorite authors. I’d read the recipe article before. So interesting!

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