How To Read The Air by Dinaw Mengestu (Riverhead Books, Oct. 14,2010

Born in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia in 1978, Dinaw Mengestu immigrated to the US in 1980 with his mother and sister.  They settled in Peoria, Illinois.  His second book, How To Read The Air, takes place in part in Peoria and is an immigrant story.

The book was reviewed in Oprah’s O magazine.

His first book, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007-Penguin), was well received and he was compared to Fitzgerald and Saul Bellow.  It was a New York Times Notable Book for 2007.

The New Yorker magazine listed him as one of the “20 writers under 40″ to watch.  And he won the Los Angeles Book Prize in 2008.

He received his B.A. in English from Georgetown, and his MFA in fiction from Columbia University.  He has written stories for Rolling Stone and Jane magazines, Harper’s and the Wall Street Journal.

The current rating for this book is 67 and the first printing was 50,000.

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