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A curated list of this month's top reads

By Angela Carone

The Dogs of Littlefield by Suzanne Berne is a satiric look at suburban America, littered with recognizable stock characters, community gossip, and a mystery involving dog murders.

A debut novel from Garth Greenwell titled What Belongs to You delves into romantic obsession and power. A teacher from the American South working in Bulgaria buys sex from a young hustler and soon finds his desire uncontrollable.

Elizabeth McKenzie’s The Portable Veblen is a laugh-out-loud look at an engaged couple living in Palo Alto, their dysfunctional family, the dark underbelly surrounding medical device research, and romantic attachment to squirrels. Seriously.

Elizabeth Strout, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge, has a new novel about a mother and daughter who reconnect during the daughter’s nine-week hospital stay. My Name is Lucy Barton explores how the mother-daughter relationship—even if struggling—bleeds into a young woman’s every life choice.

When Breath Becomes Air, the memoir of cancer-stricken neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, is a moving probe into the meaning of life when faced with death.

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