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What We’re Reading This Week!

Rebecca says: It’s all Tournament of Books all the time at Camp Schinsky right now. I read David Abrams’ Fobbit over the weekend—it’s the last of the three big Iraq War novels I’ve gotten to (the others being Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and The Yellow Birds), and I’m glad it was my ending note. Abrams is clearly from the Joseph Heller school of war writing—the more satirical, the better—and while some of the characters and moments are over the top, they’re supposed to be that way. Fobbit is funny and biting, and its criticisms of military culture and the war are informed by Abrams’ own experiences. I really enjoyed it. 

And on the flip side, I am struuuuuuuggling to finish Ivyland by Miles Klee, also for the TOB. I mean, first, just look at that cover. It’s supposed to be a nose with a respirator, but I can’t help seeing…something that is decidely NOT a nose. At the halfway mark, I’m finding it overlong and not terribly original.