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The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine

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If there is an upside to economic downturn, it’s an increasing number of books that recognize many Americans' financial reality, from This Is Where We Live to the The Three Weissmanns of Westport: A Novel .

Winter's Bone

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  If I were doing a literary mash-up, I would put Ree Dolly in the Hunger Games, as she is the country cousin of Katniss Everdeen. Neither girl is someone I would try to cross: fiercely protective of their younger siblings, they will stop at little to survive.  They are inspiring, if a little scary.

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