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Lena Dunham’s first tell-all. Gabrielle Hamilton’s first cookbook. Philippa Gregory’s 900th novel about the Tudor era. So many good books came out this year. So how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Just check out our list of 30 books for any occasion, of course.
Yes, this is 700 pages of French economic theory, but it’s also the 2014 book on taxation, income inequality and the shifting of the middle class. (Don’t want to read the whole thing? Here’s a four-paragraph summary.)
In 642 succinct essays and interviews, women like Molly Ringwald and Kim Gordon talk about what defines their style. Pick it up and put it down as often as you’d like.
The beloved Manhattan chef has finally released a cookbook. Grilled shrimp with anchovy butter? Ten varieties of Bloody Mary? Yes, please.
This novel is on everyone’s best-of-the-year list. Once you’ve read it, practice saying things like “My, how Joycean” and “The metaphysical becomes metaphorical!”
Dude. This pigeon really needs a bath.
Joshua Ferris’s most recent novel--about a baseball-obsessed dentist grappling with his own existential relevance (it’s funny, we promise)--has definite undertones of A Serious Man and Fargo.
Working women today are better educated and more qualified than ever before. So why are we still so damn timid? This groundbreaking study explores our lack of confidence and offers tips for overcoming it.
There’s a color-coded caste system on Mars, and everybody at the bottom (the reds, natch) is royally screwed. That is, until one plucky youngster dares to betray. Yay, Young Adult dystopia!
When Artis Henderson’s soldier husband died in Iraq--suddenly and horrifically--she was forced to reimagine everything she knew. This memoir is 300 pages long, and you’ll cry for approximately 280 of them.
Why are North Dakotans more sexually liberated than New Yorkers? What’s a black man least likely to say in his profile? This fascinating nonfiction book from the founder of OkCupid explores the science behind the online-dating universe.
Any David Sedaris essay is a pleasure. But it’s only made better when the drawling, self-deprecating author reads it aloud. His tirade against litter might be his funniest rant yet.
Murder. Retribution. Japanese schoolchildren. This chilling, concise novel about a teacher on a horrific revenge spree is the kind of book that’ll keep you up way past your bedtime.
This memoir cum business manual tells how one woman started her own $100 million 350-employee company from scratch. Consider it your motivation to finally open that taco truck.
We counted no fewer than eight NPR profiles of this highly acclaimed (and, admittedly, outrageously good) novel. Set in a hair salon in Trenton, New Jersey, the stunning book tells the story of Nigerian immigrants in a post-9/11 world.
It’s the blood-and-sex Henry VIII story you know and love, but told from the perspective of a behind-the-scenes lady-in-waiting. So. Much. Beheading.
Charming neurotic and New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast’s first graphic memoir takes on the harrowing--yet darkly comic--story of her parents’ descent into dementia. A must-read for anyone navigating a relative’s decline.
Poor guy. History has not remembered the sixth U.S. president fondly. But in this thoughtful biography, Fred Kaplan gives him his due. Fun fact: Did you know JQA compiled more than 50 volumes of diaries? (Narcissistic much?)
Ack, this book is devastating, but there’s soooo much to talk about. The basic crux: A young boy turned “amateur detective” decides to investigate his parents’ marriage--and stumbles upon information that makes him wish he hadn’t.
There’s no shame in not wanting to think too hard. Moriarty’s follow-up to her best-selling Husband’s Secret also explores the myth of the happy marriage, but with a murder mystery thrown in.
The Arab Spring. The Ukrainian uprising. Whatever the F is going on Scotland. Perhaps no one is better poised to explain the global landscape than former secretary of state and national security adviser Henry Kissinger. Read it to feel real smart about the news.
In 1988, a ceiling fan fell on Su Meck’s head, instantly wiping clean her entire memory. (Seriously. Terrifying.) In this gripping and inspiring memoir, Meck talks honestly about her injury and the process of putting a life back together.
If you’ve ever seen Lena Dunham’s backside (and really, who hasn’t?), you know the actor/writer/“voice of a generation” doesn’t leave much to the imagination. Her new essay collection follows suit, pairing cringe-worthy stories with smart-girl advice.
Meg Wolitzer is a grown-up’s writer at her core, and her short, sweet novel about a troubled teen at an enchanted boarding school falls somewhere between Prep and Harry Potter.
Want to learn to make an Aeonium terrarium or African-violet flower box? Baylor Chapman--author of the wildly popular Flower Recipe Book, takes his hip, refreshingly un-manicured aesthetic to the world of DIY plant arrangements.
Things are getting real weird in the town of Dryden. All the high school girls are falling ill and developing Crucible-like seizures. Are there toxins in the water? Are they faking? Or is something more sinister afoot?
When it comes to respecting our planet, humans are just the worst. In Elizabeth Kolbert’s sobering nonfiction tome, she traces the history of the first five major extinctions (it’s not just dinosaurs, people) and warns against the next one.
Did you know that Wonder Woman was loosely based on birth-control advocate Margaret Sanger? Or that her creator considered himself both an ardent feminist and devout polygamist? This account of the most famous female superhero shows the political and social forces behind the red-booted warrior.
Diet books aren’t typically our thing. But a scientific study by an acclaimed neuroscientist about why you should consume chocolate multiple times a day? We’re listening.
The longtime advice columnist for Slate and Yahoo waxes philosophical on the merits of multiple marriages--and talks plenty of trash on her exes.
When Connie’s high-powered banker husband becomes paralyzed from the waist down, he finds more creative ways to satisfy his wife’s demands. (Whips, chains, icky hurt-y stuff.) But can she remain faithful in the wake of his perverse desires?
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