June 2014: Families

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
–Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Speaking of great first lines! This month, we’ll see if Tolstoy was right (spoiler alert: nope). Here are five excellent books about excellent families.

All five of these books have something to say about what it means to be part of a family. They feature families that act together as a collective character, whose members take their individual identities from being related to each other. They’re families that you wish you could be part of, or that you thank God you don’t have to deal with at Thanksgiving. Some are happy; some are unhappy; none are the boring; none are absolutely alike.

And we’re linking to Bear Pond Books this month, in Serena’s hometown, Montpelier, VT. Woot!


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