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A Book Suggestion For Every Possible Romantic Situation

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What to read when you….

Want to Remind Yourself Relationships Are Terrible and Everyone’s a Liar

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Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
Adultery and Other Choices, by Andre Dubus

Want to Be with Someone Even Though It Seems Impossible

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Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
American Subversive, David Goodwillie
Krazy & Ignatz: A Mice, A Brick, a Lonely Night, George Harriman

Are in a Bromance

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Moby-Dick, Herman Melville
The Savage Detectives, Roberto Bolano
Ravelstein, Saul Bellow

Don’t Need a Man Right Now, or Ever

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Inferno, Eileen Myles
The Woman Upstairs, Claire Messud
Veronica, Mary Gaitskill

Feel Like You Can’t Connect with Anyone

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Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem
Zeroville, Steve Erickson
Flatscreen, Adam Wilson

Need to Remember It Could Be Way, Way Worse

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Last Last Chance, Fiona Maazel
Paradise Lost, John Milton
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Want Something You Know Is Wrong (Like Sleeping with an Adult When You Are a Teenager and/or Like Sleeping with Teenagers When You Are an Adult)

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Tampa, Alissa Nutting
The Yonahlosee Riding Camp for Girls, Anton DiSclafani
The Adults, Alison Espach

Are in a Dry Spell

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Ten Days in the Hills, Jane Smiley
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence
Tampa, Alissa Nutting

Are in the Fight Together

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The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner
Revolution, Deb Olin Unferth
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Want to Be in Love in Paris

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My Life in France, Julia Child
The Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy
A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

Want to Be Out of Love in Paris

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Good Morning Midnight, Jean Rhys
The Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy
A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

Are in the Throes of Dating in New York City

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The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P, Adelle Waldman
Taipei, Tao Lin
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Need to Remember Sometimes It Ends Well (Even If Things Are a Little Rough for Awhile)

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Blue Plate Special, Kate Christensen
The Odyssey, Homer
Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy, Ophira Eisenberg

Amanda Bullock is the director of public programming at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, co-organizer of the Downtown Literary Festival, and co-creator and -organizer of Moby-Dick Marathon NYC.

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