Jo’s Pick of the Week: Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison

Jonathan Evison’s raw, gritty novel about the working poor stars Mike Munoz, an endearing character who wants to find his own American Dream, but feels “stuck on a hamster wheel.’’ The 23-year-old works paycheck to paycheck while living with his mother and autistic brother in a doublewide trailer on a Native American reservation. His mom…

Jo’s Pick of the Week: White Houses by Amy Bloom

Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor are larger-than-life figures in American history. Franklin, the only American president elected three times, lead the country through the Great Depression and World War II, despite being crippled by polio. Eleanor redefined the role of First Lady, and sometimes caused controversy with her advocacy for human and civil…