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Think your family is crazy? Read these books!

Lisa Steinke, with Liz Fenton, is the co-author of the debut chick lit novel l'll Have Who She's Having and the popular Chick Lit blog chicklitisnotdead.com.

Read about other families to feel better

While Thanksgiving is a time of celebration and gratitude, it can also be a reminder that your family, even if you love everyone in it, isn't going to mistaken for the Cleavers anytime soon. So grab one of our book picks and remember that all families — not just yours — are a little bit crazy.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

This thriller about a very unhappily married couple will grip you tightly and refuse to let go as you feverishly turn the pages, desperately wanting to get to the end. You won't see the twists and turns coming in this nail-biting story of what happens the day of Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. When Amy disappears, all eyes are on Nick, even those belonging to his mother and father-in-law. Under pressure, Nick's lies and inappropriate behavior thrust him into a national spotlight, where just about everyone is sure he's responsible for Amy's disappearance and likely death. But is he? That's for you to find out...


The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

The Middlesteins

by Jami Attenberg

Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life in the Midwest for over 30 years. But now, things are falling apart because Edie is obsessed with food. If she doesn't get her eating under control, she will die. This is all too much for her husband, Richard, and he takes off — leaving his son and daughter to take care of Edie. Daughter Robin wants her father to pay for abandoning mom. Son Benny just wants to keep the peace. And Rachelle, Edie's daughter-in-law, who also happens to be stick thin, is intent on saving her mother-in-law's life. Through it all, the family wonders if they could be to blame for Edie's downward spiral. Reading this epic story of marriage, family and obsession, you'll think about love, heartbreak and the emotions that only a family can bring out in you.


This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

This Is Where I Leave You

by Jonathan Tropper

Be prepared to laugh out loud over and over as you quickly turn the pages of this witty and brilliant book. Jonathan Tropper tells the story of Judd Foxmann and his family, who sit shivah after their father passes away. Judd — who recently learned that his wife not only had an affair with his shock-jock boss but also is pregnant — and his family spend seven days together under one roof. This time together, of course, stirs up old wounds, brings out secrets and even ignites old passions. You'll be rooting for Judd and his dysfunctional family from day one to day seven. And you'll be reminded that all families have their drama.


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