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Unabrow by Una LaMarche
Erin:Unabrow by Una LaMarche (March 31): I defy anyone to look at this cover and not be irresistibly compelled to display the same toothy grin, which is what you'll be wearing for the duration of time spent reading the hilarious book of life lessons that Ms. LaMarche wrote for her children (although this is decidedly not a children's book).
Also reading:So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson (March 31).
Chris: American Warlord by Johnny Dwyer (April 7): Charles Taylor, the Liberian dictator, had a son who lived in the United States. After growing up in Florida, Chucky went to join his father in Africa.
Also reading:The Green Road by Anne Enright (May 11).
Seira: Ask the Dark by Henry Turner (April 7): A debut YA thriller about a reformed juvenile delinquent who gets tangled up in the disappearance of teen boys, one of whom is found murdered. I started it the other day and have been waiting for a chance to return to the story.
The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop by Steve Osborne (April 21): I'm fascinated by police stories and love listening to them on podcasts like "The Moth" and "This American Life" so this is right up my alley. The author is a retired NYC cop who talks about his time on the street in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s (including 9/11). His bio mentions that he's been on "The Moth" before so I'm wondering if I've heard any other them"¦
Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff (April 14): The author's last book was a lot of fun (Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin), so I'm looking forward to seeing what she does with the familiar Jack and the Beanstalk story.
I'm also hoping to do a test run on a very cute cake from Cake My Day! (March 24)--a bunny with a gold tooth--that would be perfect for Easter in a couple of weeks.
Jon: Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles by Les Standiford (March 31): In 1907, William Mullholland (namesake of Mullholland Drive) pulled off one of the unlikeliest engineering feats in history: an aqueduct that carried water from central California to the parched, pre-metropolis startup of Los Angeles. Many would say he stole that water. It's the main story of the West, and though it's oft-told (Cadillac Desert, Chinatown), for me, it never gets old.