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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 4/4/22 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm reading Let’s Not Do That Again, Grant Ginder’s upcoming (to be published tomorrow) bitingly funny novel about politics and family; I'm listening to Seth Rogen’s funny, silly memoir Yearbook; and I'm listening to the always-excellent Kate Quinn’s The Rose Code, historical fiction about the women who broke codes at Bletchley Park during World War II.

What are you reading and enjoying these days, bookworms?

 

01 Let's Not Do That Again by Grant Ginder

Nancy Harrison is running for Senate, and she’s going to win. She’s kissed all the babies and passed all the right legislation and said all the right things. There’s just one potential problem: her grown children. When she wakes up to headlines about the kids’ antics instead of her own political promise, all hell breaks loose.

Let's Not Do That Again is a combination of biting humor, family drama, and playful, oddball joy.

Grant Ginder is also the author of The People We Hate at the Wedding.

I received an advance electronic copy of this book, scheduled for publication tomorrow (April 5), courtesy of NetGalley and Henry Holt & Company.

 

02 Yearbook by Seth Rogen

Last week I mentioned my memoir love (again) and how I've recently been drawn to memoirs by funny people (as with Kal Penn's You Can't Be Serious).

If you're familiar with actor Seth Rogen (Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Steve Jobs; he was also one of the writers of Superbad and Pineapple Express), you won't be surprised by the breadth and depth of drug-related stories he includes in Yearbook.

But in this slim book (I'm listening to it as an audiobook), Rogen also digs into his beginnings as a young man doing standup and finding inspiration in his grandparents' antics; his pivotal Jewish summer camp experiences; and various awkward Hollywood encounters with famous people.

 

03 The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn is a must-read author for me, and considering my love of The Alice Network and The Huntress (she also has a new book out as of last week, The Diamond Eye), I'm not sure why I'm only now getting down to reading The Rose Code.

The Rose Code is a wonderfully spun story of three very different women who answer the wartime call to England's top-secret Bletchley Park in order to break the military codes of the Axis powers.

The book jumps between 1940, the beginning of the women's forays into their secret duties and responsibilities, and 1947, as the royal wedding of Prince Philip (the former beau of one of our Bletchley ladies) and Princess Elizabeth approaches--and a period when one of the Bletchley sisterhood is tucked away in an asylum following a terrible betrayal.

For more about Kate Quinn’s The Huntress (and five other historical fiction books I loved), check out the Greedy Reading List Six Historical Fiction Books I Loved in the Past Year.