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Our 2010 Favorites: The Year of the Flood

To celebrate the close of this year and the beginning of the next, we’ve decided to take a look back at our reading family’s personal favorites of 2010. Enjoy!

You could easily discuss The Year of the Flood as a cautionary tale — Margaret Atwood’s story, of two women left in a world where almost everyone else has been liquefied by plague, is packed with gene-spliced invention. Much of that invention is drawn from actual science, with satire gleefully and generously strewn. You could also (like me) read this (bug-eyed at the gory suspense) for the best kind of guide to surviving the worst. To this end, Atwood will have you know: maggots can be fried up like “crispy land shrimp” on a “hobo stove, made of a bulk-sized body-butter can.” And in a world this dangerous, the one thing that might see you through is good, courageous friends.

–Jen M., Publicity

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Was there a particular book that you or your reading group couldn’t stop discussing this year? Let us know in the comments!