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Friday Reads from the False Idols Team

We’re kicking off our Friday Reads feature with some fabulous recommendations from the False Idols writing team Diana Renn, Lisa Klink, and Patrick Lohier.

Let’s get this book party started…

Lisa Klink on The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman, “I highly recommend the Audible version, read by Michael Sheen. Not to be missed!”

Lisa Klink on Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah, “If you’re not already a Trevor Noah fan, you will be after this book!”

Patrick Lohier on Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country by Francesco Duina, “Trying to understand other peoples’ perspectives is one of the biggest challenges of our times. My friend Francesco’s recent study of poverty and patriotisim offers some really eye-opening insights into American society.”

Patrick Lohier on Brothers by David Clerson, “A friend recommended this novel by Quebec author David Clerson and it’s a very strange experience. The best way I can describe it is Aesop meets Ovid meets the Brothers Quay.”

Lisa Klink on Believe Me: A memoir of love, death, and jazz chickens by Eddie Izzard, “A terrific autobiography by a hilarious guy. The Audible version is read by Eddie and you get so many bonus footnotes!”

Lisa Klink on American War: A Novel by Omar El Akkad, “North vs South, part two. A powerful read.”

Diana Renn on Refugee by Alan Gratz, “Another great ‘kids’ book for all ages and a book for our times. Three surprisingly connected stories of young refugees from different times and places.”

Diana Renn on Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart, “I’m really loving this historical mystery series about three unconventional women–the Kopp sisters–one of whom becomes America’s first female deputy sheriff. Based on real people and events! An incredibly well-researched page-turner.”

Patrick Lohier on Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005, “I saw that Coetzee’s Late Essays: 2006-2017 had recently come out and then, in a bit of serendipity, found this preceding collection in a local used bookstore. I’m nearly halfway through and it’s a pretty immersive experience.”

Lisa Klink on The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, “LOVED. This. Book.”

Diana Renn on The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, “A page-turning Alaskan survival story where the greatest danger to a mother and daughter living off the grid comes from within their own home.”

Patrick Lohier on The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, “This novel packs a wallop for both its visceral, human impact and the sheer immensity of its scope.”

Diana Renn on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, “A YA novel for all ages about a girl who witnesses her childhood best friend being shot by a white policeman. A timely and important book. I’m hooked on the audio version; amazing narration.”

Lisa Klink on Time Travel: A History by James Gleick, “Fascinating for sci-fi fans!”

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