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This Is Where I Leave You
352 pages; Plume
The story of this warm, comic novel—a family and all its dysfunction gathers to sit shiva for seven days—makes for a warm, comic movie. Add to that: Tina Fey stars!! But it's the one-liners that make the book so funny and wonderfully, achingly painful, such as when Tropper writes, "You have to look at what you have right in front of you, at what it could be, and stop measuring it against what you've lost. I know this to be wise and true, just as I know that pretty much no one can do it."
— Leigh Newman