Books keep us sane during any season, but particularly so when we are isolated from extended family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Here is what we in the library have been reading during Washington's stay at home order.

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American Pastoral
Philip Roth
Book blurbs will say American Pastoral is about the myth of the American Dream, but it's really about how that myth has created an American entitlement — to prosperity, to happiness, to life-long health-and-wealth — and the gut punch that occurs when those things inevitably don't happen. It's a pandemic reality check.
Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
With 1000+ pages, a ton of footnotes, and support blogs to help readers get through it, why take on this "maddening and magnificent novel"? Because "its rewards are as big as its size."