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It’s the middle of February and it seems everyone has had it with runny noses, ice scrapers, and hand warmers. Instead of trekking out into the frigid unknown this weekend, try picking up one of our suggestions below.

American Pastoral

Phillip Roth

We all remember the idealistic classmate we had in high school. You know the type: Captain of the Football Team, had a way with the ladies, and also seemed like the nicest guy in the world. Most of us wanted to be him and some of us were lucky enough to get the chance. The stereotypical tragedy of this individual often ends with them becoming a drunk and wearing their letterman jackets through middle age, yet “The Swede” can only dream these are his only problems.

The Art of Fielding

Chad Harbach

This book is mainly about baseball, however what happens off the diamond turns out to be the reader’s biggest interest. Ever have a friend more talented than you who’s skill you would die for only to see them not reach maximum potential? Sadly it happens more times than not.

Doug Dorst

One word. Crazy. Written with the help of “Lost” creator JJ Abrams, “S” is a book within a book. The book is set up like a library book with notes and clues throughout the book which are hypothetically written by two students. Basically two stories in one and including more metaphors, puzzles, and references than one can count, this book could become a Grad Class in itself.

So Long, See You Tomorrow

William Maxwell

When I read, I keep a notebook nearby and write down quotes I find that I like. This book itself took up two pages. Beautiful writing, great story, and extremely nostalgic. So Long See You Tomorrow is about a man remembering a childhood friend he once had and the brief memories they shared. Not to mention it’s a short read and you can be done in time for Monday morning.

The Things They Carried

Tim O’Brien

The Vietnam War was one of the most tumultuous times in our countries history. Men came back home changed forever with memories too painful too share. Leave it to Tim O’Brien to find a romantic side to war and be able to translate that same romanticism through text.

Blood Meridian

Cormac McCarthy

Most know Cormac McCarthy through his other more famous books including All the Pretty Horses and The Road. Unfortunately Blood Meridian does not get as much attention. One of the best and most intense action stories available with plenty of gore, this would definitely be an interesting movie adaptation.

The Postman Always Rings Twice

James M. Cain

Don’t let the title fool you. Very little about this book has to do with a Postman. Love can be a very dangerous thing. We all fall every once in awhile, just don’t fall too hard or for the wrong woman for that matter.

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Stay Safe Outside This Summer

While it might still be better to play it safe by socially distancing, that doesn’t mean you have to spend all of your time indoors. Don’t have a backyard? That’s okay too. No matter where you live, there’s plenty of places to soak up some sun or grab some outdoor adventure while keeping 6 feet apart.
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