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Hello Friday and hello #bookmail! Thanks to @vikingbooks for sending along these gifted copies, both of which are on sale now. Check out the synopses below and let me know if either of them are on your list! They both sound great, but I'm really intrigued by Henry, Himself – it reminds me a bit of When All is Said, which is (so far) one of my favorite books of the year.⁣ ⁣ Henry, Himself by Stewart O'Nana⁣ Soldier, son, lover, husband, breadwinner, churchgoer, Henry Maxwell has spent his whole life trying to live with honor. A native Pittsburgher and engineer, he’s always believed in logic, sacrifice, and hard work. Now, seventy-five and retired, he feels the world has passed him by. It’s 1998, the American century is ending, and nothing is simple anymore. His children are distant, their unhappiness a mystery. Only his wife Emily and dog Rufus stand by him. Once so confident, as Henry’s strength and memory desert him, he weighs his dreams against his regrets and is left with questions he can’t answer: Is he a good man? Has he done right by the people he loves? And with time running out, what, realistically, can he hope for? ⁣ ⁣ A Wonderful Stroke of Luck by Anne Beattie⁣ As a member of the Honor Society at one of the most prestigious boarding schools in the country, Ben falls under the tutelage of Pierre LaVerdere, a brilliant, enigmatic teacher who instructs his charges on how to discuss current events, how to think about art and literature, and how to form opinions for themselves. Ben develops close friendships with LaVerdere's other disciples, and as the years go by the legacy of their teacher and his words remain strong. As Ben moves on, first to college and then New York City, he comes to feel the pace of his life accelerating, his relationships a jumble, and his career plans in a constant state of flux. After his father dies, a move upstate offers only temporary respite from his anxieties about work and romance and when LaVerdere returns to Ben's life, everything Ben once thought he knew about the man–and about himself–is called into question.

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