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Jael Richardson's book pick: The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir

Jael Richardson discusses her book recommendation, The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir.
Jael Richardson discusses her book recommendation, The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir. (Michael Lionstar, Penguin Random House Canada)

Jael Richardson is q's books columnist. She drops by every two weeks to fill you in on a new book to check out. Today, she'll talk about The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir. It's about Esther Ann Hicks, "Essie" for short, who's the youngest child in a family that's been on reality TV since she was born. At the start of the novel, teenage Essie is pregnant and she eavesdrops on a conversation between her mom and a producer about how her pregnancy will be "handled on the show" — will she get a "secret abortion" or get married?

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