Anonymous said: i loved My Salinger Year. anything similar w/ publishing, nyc, young women?
Joanna Smith Rakoff’s first novel, A Fortunate Age, is definitely worth picking up — it’s almost a prequel to My Salinger Year.
The Group, Mary McCarthy is, for our money, the ultimate women-in-publishing read.
Brooklyn Girls, by Gemma Burgess, is for people who like Girls (the TV show); the lead starts her own food truck, and hijinks ensue with a full cast of (un)savory Brooklyn characters.
Just Kids by Patti Smith is a love-song to a previous version of New York, and is just gorgeously written.
In The Bookstore, by Deborah Meyler, a Columbia grad nursing a broken heart gets a job at a small bookstore and finds a family in the kooky booksellers who work there (boy does that sound familiar).
Charity Shumway’s Ten Girls to Watch follows a college grad working at a glossy mag profiling the last 50 years of It Girls — it’s kind of a Devil Wears Prada meets My Salinger Year.
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner is about a young female artist who moves to NYC from the desert to become a film-maker, who still finds time to set a land-speed record for motorcycle racing. It’s a great illustration of how easy it is to be broke but still hanging with the in-crowd.
And last but not least Heroines by Kate Zambreno is the ultimate in writing about women and writing.