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What We're Reading This Week: Nov. 17

stack of books.

The books over at What We're Reading are really interesting this week. I didn't read the Sarah Palin book (for timing reasons, not merit reasons), but I read all four of the others — including the Stephen King, which I'm glad we could cover, since some of you had specifically asked that we make sure popular fiction isn't left behind.

I also have to stress: that Andre Agassi book is fantastic, and I am not a person who cares tremendously about tennis. He's very generous in the acknowledgments with his ghostwriter, and it's a good thing, because about three pages in, you will think, "Despite Agassi's name on the cover, if this was written by a tennis player, I am the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers."

The Zadie Smith essays are really marvelous as well, and no matter where you stand on religion, The Faith Instinct will probably bother you, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. A very thought-provoking collection of books, overall.