The title of this memoir is no joke. It opens with a dead body, details Phair's affair(s), and never tries to paint the author in a perfect light. It’s as raw and honest as you would expect from her music, if you're into it. Even if you're not, I highly recommend trying her book out anyway. She's a terrific writer.Recommended by Erin K.
I loved Mary H. K. Choi's debut Emergency Contact, but I loved her second book Permanent Record even more. In it, Choi tackles fame, social media and that moment between childhood and adulthood where so many of us tend to be lost — and she also takes on debt and the way young people are preyed upon by the credit card and loan industry. Permanent Record should be required reading for teens in high school and college. It... (read more)Recommended by Erin K.
Melissa Broder's The Pisces was my most anticipated book of 2018, and it was well worth the wait. This is the story of a woman undone, written in precise prose. With an essay collection and multiple poetry books under her belt before publishing this novel, I knew Broder could write, but still her writing shocked and moved me, and the story was both sour and sweet, like the writer herself.Recommended by Erin K.
Bombshell is something between a dream and a nightmare. Joss makes up personalities and "catfishes" people — and she never learns her lesson when her lies go too far. I recommend this book to people looking for a YA psychological thriller. Recommended by Erin K.