Lisa gave me George Saunders’ short story collection In Persuasion Nation for my birthday. Wow. The stories are a wonderful amalgam of beautiful moments and frightful visions of the present/future/only-slightly-alternative reality. Saunders shows us the dystopia that’s just under our noses (or on its way here), but even at the book’s scariest moments there still is hope. Mostly. I felt an odd sense of connection to the collection. I recommend it.