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


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


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


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

Don’t Need a Man Right Now, or Ever


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

Feel Like You Can’t Connect with Anyone


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

Need to Remember It Could Be Way, Way Worse


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)


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

Are in a Dry Spell


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

Are in the Fight Together


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

Want to Be in Love in Paris


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

Want to Be Out of Love in Paris


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


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)


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.