Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro My rating: 4 of 5 stars While this is definitely a good book and worth reading, I can never tell with these highly personal memoirs if the writer is

Less by Andrew Sean Greer My rating: 3 of 5 stars Arthur Less is a man with whom I can empathize, if not necessarily identify. A commitment to a self-abnegating vision of everything that happens to him sets him off


Three simple syllables. Those three s’s make it sibilant, a small reverberation as the tongue forms the s off the palate. One can imagine Thoreau sitting at Walden rolling the word around in his mouth, or Frost on his wall