RE­QUIRED READ­ING

New York Post - - POST SCRIPT - by Macken­zie Daw­son

Hap­pi­ness In This Life Pope Francis (Re­li­gion, Ran­dom House)

A col­lec­tion of speeches, hom­i­lies and daily mes­sages from the beloved pope on find­ing hap­pi­ness, cul­ti­vat­ing joy and find­ing mean­ing in a chaotic world.

Ram­ses the Damned: The Pas­sion of Cleopa­tra Anne Rice and Christo­pher Rice (f ic­tion, An­chor)

The best­selling au­thor of “The Mummy” and the Vam­pire Chron­i­cles is back with an­other ti­tle, this one fo­cus­ing on Ram­ses the Great, a pharaoh of Egypt. Ram­ses has been brought back to lifefe byby aa mag­ic­magic elixir, reawak­en­ing the ma­jes­tic Cleopa­tra with the same po­tion. But as the two test each other’s strength in a bat­tle of wills, they meet a force even older and more pow­er­ful than them.

Hitler, My Neigh­bor: Mem­o­ries of a Jewish Child­hood 1929-1939 Edgar Feucht­wanger (mem­oir, Other Press)

Edgar Feucht­wanger was a care­free 5-year-old from a prom­i­nent Ger­man-Jewish fam­ily in Mu­nich when Adolf Hitler moved into the build­ing op­po­site theirs. In 1933, his life would changeange for­ever as he watched his par­ents get stripped of their rights as cit­i­zens while at school his class­mates drew swastikas on the chalk­board and joined the Hitler Youth. In 1939, Edgar was sent to Eng­land. At 88, he de­cided to tell the long-buried story of his own child­hood — and the man next door.

Any­one Who’s Any­one Ge­orge Wayne (non­fic­tion, Harper)

A col­lec­tion of sharp, funny, at­times-nos­tal­gic celebrity in­ter­views from the former Van­ity Fair A-list in­ter­viewer Ge­orge Wayne, whose off­beat Q&As were one of the mag­a­zine’s best fea­tures.

The Last Repub­li­cans Mark Upde­grove (non­fic­tion, Harper)

An in­ter­est­ing, of­ten mov­ing look at the unique fa­ther-son re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ge­orge H.W. and Ge­orge W. Bush, from their for­ma­tive years to both of their post­pres­i­den­cies. Our fa­vorite de­tail: When Ge­orge W. was president, his dad­dad used to fax silly jokes to the Oval Of­fice, hop­ing to make him laugh and re­lieve stress dur­ing tense times.

The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves James Han Matt­son (f ic­tion, lit­tle a)

A deeply mov­ing de­but novel about Ricky Graves, a so­cially awk­ward teen who kills a class­mate and him­self in a vi­o­lent act that leaves the com­mu­nity reel­ing and many — in­clud­ing the man he’d chat­ted with for months on so­cial me-me­dia — won­der­ing how they might have helped Ricky be­fore he lashed out.

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