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Readers' picks

Readers share their favorites – from an Eleanor Roosevelt biography to a Vietnam War memoir.

Readers' picks

Any book that's pitched as a hallucinatory, rock 'n roll-fueled up-river journey back to the Vietnam War has got a good shot at ending up in my hands. And that's pretty much what Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson is. – Barry Wightman, Elm Grove, Wis.

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Grandmère: A Personal History of Eleanor Roosevelt by David B. Roosevelt (with Manuela Dunn-Mascetti) is the perfect book to read during stormy political weather. I love reading about this woman who brazenly and brilliantly used politics to better the human condition. – Anita Alvarez Williams, Boulevard, Calif.

Knit Together by Debbie Macomber is autobiographical and thoroughly inspirational, with observations and tips about the craft of knitting which Macomber loves. You needn't be a knitter to appreciate her message.– Neena Lurvey, Bonita Springs, Fla.

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