The Non-Blogger had read and approved of Lionel Shriver’s Big Brother and we had liked So Much For That enough to have blogged about it at some point, so we grabbed that but then we saw Dissident Gardens which we had read about and heard Jonathan Lethem talking about possibly on the v. useful Fresh Air, so we grabbed that and blitzed through both of them over the weekend just as in the old days when we read for dollars and were a lean mean reading machine. Both good. Both about families that plague. Shriver’s particularly interesting since it was indeed about a brother, something we have in spades. Neither book pretentious. Neither book precious. Neither book experimental. Time well spent.