A group of six New York high schoolers first bond at an idyllic Berkshires art camp in the summer of 1972. New to the world of irony, and grasping at self-knowledge, they call themselves The Interestings (Riverhead, $27.95). Enthrallingly, exuberantly, Meg Wolitzer follows these “creatives” into adulthood, tracing their life-defining relationships with one another and with the complicated mantle of being interesting. One turns his back on early musical promise, another rides his animation talents to stunning Simpsons-like success. And at the center of it all, awkward Jules has defined her aspirations as a part of this creative set, but flounders after trading comic acting for training in social work, as life renders her more and more, well... normal. Engrossing and fun, these characters and their eccentricities will maintain an enduring hold long after you finish this flawless novel.

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ISBN: 9781594488399
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 9th, 2013

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Published: Riverhead Books - March 25th, 2014

Welcome to ClockWorld, an island of an amusement park where the greatest moments in history are recreated. Danny, the naive but loving hero of Dash Shaw’s New School (Fantagraphics, $39.99), travels to Clockworld to find his estranged older brother. There he enters a world as fantastic as it is consumed by the greed and depravities of history. New School is alive with history and pop culture, and Shaw’s use of florid coloring and experimental layering is visually arresting, captivating the eye with its cinematic and expressive pace. This is a great graphic novel for readers who love art as well as comics.

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ISBN: 9781606996447
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Published: Fantagraphics - July 5th, 2013

 

The four novellas of Andre Dubus III’s Dirty Love (W.W. Norton, $25.95) are emotionally resonant and searingly honest narratives of obsession, longing, and regret. Hailing from a small town north of Boston, the characters in these interconnected stories are distinctly human and sensitively rendered. We see ourselves in them, for better and for worse. Whether it’s the corporate manager investigating his wife’s adultery, or the bartender/would-be poet cheating on his pregnant wife, or the high school girl hiding from her shame after an unfortunate episode while waiting tables and studying for her GED, we recognize a distinct human grandeur in the characters’ weakness. Each piece in this volume is wonderfully entertaining, but at its core the collection shows an amazing understanding of the way people live, think, and feel.

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ISBN: 9780393064650
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 7th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780393348910
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