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These Things Happen, by Richard Kramer
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“The author is best known as a writer, director, and producer who has worked on television shows ranging from My So-Called Life to Thirtysomething to Judging Amy. He’s now created a gloriously charming, wise, and moving novel that features a boy and his two sets of parents—one gay and one straight. Told in alternating voices, the story explores how we find ourselves in families. It’s the perfect book to read when you are on vacation with—or apart—from yours.”

Will Schwalbe, author of the moving memoir The End of Your Life Book Club ($15, amazon.com).

To buy: $12, amazon.com.