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Uptight Is All Right: 3 Books For Finicky Folks

by Martha Southgate
Oct 12, 2011

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The air has turned cooler, the flip-flops are in the back of the closet, the sand is shaken out of the suitcases — fall has arrived.

This season marks the return of control. So now is the perfect time to read fiction about some very orderly characters. The men who are the protagonists of these three marvelous novels are not summer kind of men. They are meditative and isolated, perhaps a little too controlled, sometimes a little too unwilling to take responsibility for their own behavior.

It may not sound very enriching to spend your time with men who keep (or try to keep) everything in check and live almost entirely in their heads. But it is, at least with these guys.

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