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Three books about dads, an interview with Vincent Bugliosi, big books for the fall, and what readers are reading.

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Even readers who didn't grow up in the 1950s will glow with nostalgia paging through Every Friday, Dan Yaccarino's marvelous new picture book about a boy's weekly breakfast date with his dad and the way the two stroll hand in hand to their favorite diner. The text is simple, the retro pictures are charming, and the sense of father-son closeness is just about irresistible.
– Marjorie Kehe

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Prominently on display at the annual Book Expo America in New York last week were several titles likely to hit bestseller lists this fall. These include:

The Almost Moon, by Alice Sebold (scheduled for release by Little, Brown on Oct. 16)

I Am America (And So Can You!), by Stephen Colbert (Grand Central Publishing, Oct. 9)

The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945, by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns (Knopf, Sept. 11)

Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo (Knopf, Sept. 25)

Exit Ghost by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin, Oct. 1)

American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic, by Joseph Ellis (Knopf, Oct. 30)

Run, by Ann Patchett (HarperCollins, Oct. 1)

Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson (FSG, Sept. 4)

Playing for Pizza, by John Grisham (Doubleday, Sept. 25)
– M.K.


Recently I read a unique book entitled Last of the Donkey Pilgrims by Kevin O'Hara. The author served in the Vietnam War and, in order to overcome the memories of the war's horrors, he decided to walk around the whole of Ireland (his ancestral home) with his donkey, Missie. O'Hara is a skillful, witty writer, recounting history and Irish lore, as well as introducing many unusual characters.
– Franziska Walczak, Oxon Hill, MD.

In Greetings from New Jersey: A Postcard Tour of the Garden State, Helen-Chantal Pike has crafted a vibrant book from her [expansive] postcard collection. New Jersey contains great varieties of natural beauty within its peninsula borders. Fascinating!
– Arthur Scott, Flagstaff, Ariz.

After finishing Gloss by Jennifer Oko, I felt as if I had finished a dish made up of fresh, seasonal ingredients that filled me up without slowing me down. The story follows morning news show producer Annabelle Kapner's adventure from dissatisfied New York network climber to rebellious global changemaker. This satire hit the spot for me.
– Beth Wren Boone, Alexandria, Va.

I continuously read Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. With Sam Gamgee, Treebeard, or Gandalf at my side, I cannot feel alone.
– Charlanne Maynard, Natick, Mass.

I'm presently reading Last Team Standing by Matthew Algeo. It tells the story of the Steagles (an NFL team consisting of players from the Steelers and the Eagles – hence the Steagles), that played for one season during World War II. It makes you realize how much the NFL has changed. But even more interesting is the glimpse into what life was like in the US during World War II and how all-encompassing the war effort was.
– John Petersen, Seattle

What are you reading? Write and tell us at Marjorie Kehe.