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Bob loves contemporary fiction augmented by an occasional mystery or science fiction novel. Non-fiction interests include physics, math, medicine, economics and anything by Malcolm Gladwell. When not watching ER or West Wing with Gayle, he indulges himself in Shakespeare, always willing to watch yet another version of Hamlet. And there's a dozen podcasts from NPR including Selected Shorts, Studio 360, On the Media, NYT Book Review, Writer's Almanac and the monthly short story from the New Yorker.

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Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374603663
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 15th, 2021

Subtitled “An Essay on the Revival of America,” this is a short book modeled on pamphlets like Thomas Payne’s “Common Sense.” Packer doesn’t mess around but cuts to the core of what separates us Americans into rival clans and what it would take to break down the barriers between. He does this with wit by sharing personal experiences and brilliant insights. Packer’s writing is so relevant and moving that I went through The Last Best Hope non-stop -- well, almost, because there were times when I just had to pause, amazed at the impact of what I’d just read.