Struggling to get past chapter 3 on my first read several years back, I dismissed the novel as gimmicky and hokey. I never doubted the author’s skills, but always questioned his motives. Recently, film crews stationed in my neighborhood prepped the cinematic adaptation. Prior to the holiday release, I decided to revisit it. As a new father, it really struck a nerve with me. Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is actually a very, very touching and well-written book I’d like to endorse. It gives me extremely heavy boots that it took so long to (re)discover.