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6 Books to Watch for in October 2010
How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
How to Read the Air
By Dinaw Mengestu
320 pages; Riverhead


"Violence had made and...unmade my world," explains Jonas Woldemariam, the son of Ethiopian immigrants, in Dinaw Mengestu's quiet and beautiful new novel, How to Read the Air. Now a high school teacher in New York, Jonas muses about his solitary midwestern childhood; ever alert to the tripwires in his father's temper and his mother's bruised silences, he has grown into a self-numbing young adult... Read more