Pretend I'm Dead by Jen Beagin

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Beagin may try to scare you off in the first few pages with her protagonist's engagement to a drug dealing pimp she charmingly calls "Mr. Disgusting," but I urge you to read on. Mona proves to be quite silly; she's a maid and does as thorough a job cleaning her clients' toilets as she does snooping in her employer's daughter's diary. Beagin's wonderfully crafted debut will have you laughing out loud--and her talented flame continues to burn with her second novel, Vacuum in the Dark, and her most recent bestseller, Big Swiss.

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ISBN: 9781501194429
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Published: Scribner - January 8th, 2019

The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

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De Botton's story of Rabih and Kirsten from their first meeting to their falling in love and building a life together is full of brilliant insights. For instance, keeping the house cold isn’t just one partner's silly assertion of power, but reflects how trauma seeps into the most mundane details of daily life. This novel offers a guide for connecting with those you love--and what is life about, if not human connection?

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ISBN: 9781501134517
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - June 20th, 2017

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

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You loved The Bee Sting, so what's next? If you haven't already read it, Murray's 2010 Booker-prize nominated coming-of-age classic is set in an all-boys boarding school where a group of friends is reeling from the mysterious death of their pal Skippy. What led to his collapse is the endpoint of a hilarious journey that takes in the usual teenage boy concerns of weed and porn, as well as World War I, influencers, and the rest of the great big world waiting to devour their adult selves. This is a heart-rending but also eye-wateringly funny masterpiece.

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ISBN: 9780865478619
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 30th, 2011