2016 BOOKS I AM EXCITED ABOUT
- •Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly PrentissAs if I wasn't already obsessed with the nightlife of New York in the early 80s (hello, Area, I will see you in Heaven), then along came this utterly stunning debut about the art scene in 1980. The setting would make it a must read, but Prentiss has given us a first person narrative with one main character, a genius art critic, who has Synesthesia, which she writes with such gorgeous, visceral language that it's like living in your acid trip. I finally understood abstract Impressionism.
- •Hamilton:The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarterOk, so, admittedly I am editing this book. BUT this musical changed the game and blew my brain, and this book, a companion with annotations from Miranda and theater critic McCarter, will actually improve upon the experience of the show and stand alone as a new way to the act of theater on the page. Plus it's fucking beautiful--the design, the images, the lyrics, and the prose.
- •13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona AwadLike many of these books, I read this on submission and fell in love. It's stories or a novel in a series of vignettes centering on body-image and a woman's coming of age with wit and heartbreak. The protagonist is flawed and lovable. The book is exciting and going to make some serious literary waves.
- •Girls on Fire by Robin WassermanBasically, this book will be a better Blue Is the Warmest Color and also so much more. I'll let the excellent copy stand for itself, but this book is so fucking badass: "Girls on Fire tells the story of Hannah and Lacey and their obsessive teenage female friendship so passionately violent it bloodies the very sunset its protagonists insist on riding into, together, at any cost."
- •So Sad Today by Melissa BroderHey y'all, remember how I keep telling you that Melissa Broder is the new Dorothy Parker?? Well, her new book is going to prove it. It's fucking amazing. She speaks to my black, shriveled soul and I can't wait for all of you existential weirdos to start descending into the abyss with me.
- •Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona StaplesHave you been reading Saga? You haven't? Oh, that's a shame because it's awesome. It's a comic, collected into volumes, about two warriors from opposite sides of an intergalactic war trying to keep each other but especially their daughter alive. Fantasy and Sci Fi seamlessly blend in an emotional, humorous epic that's better than stupid Star Wars VII.
- •The Stranger in the Woods by Michael FinkelI'm not sure that this will actually come out in 2016, but if it does it is a MUST READ. A book by the journalist who was able to interview the last true fucking hermit (!!!), an expansion of this rad article http://www.gq.com/story/the-last-true-hermit. The proposal was so good. I actually can't wait to read it!