Mar 23, 2012 10:20 AM
We thought our families were dysfunctional until we read This Is Where I Leave You ($10) by Johnathan Tropper. Poor down on his luck Judd Foxman ends up back home after his father's death to sit shiva, or seven days of mourning, with his mother, brothers, and sister. Each sibling has his or her own drama and demons to address, whether it be old rivalries, reuniting with past loves, or dealing with divorce. It sounds depressing, but Tropper writes with such humor and tenderness that by the time you turn to the final pages, you don't want to leave the Foxman family. But be warned, you'll also want to call your mom. Or at least your sister, with whom you argued during the last family dinner.