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Graduation is defined as a commencement—the end of school, but it is also the start of something new. Help the grads in your life get a fresh start by giving them some of the books recommended below.

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Faber and Faber, Inc.

I Have Fun Everywhere I Go

Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World

I Have Fun Everywhere I Go is a rollicking, high-octane, always irreverent journey through the seamy side of the publishing industry. Mike Edison’s résumé...

"...years in outlaw culture.” —Amy Benfer, B&N Spoltlight Review “Edison’s juicy screed of a memoir..."

Mike Edison Mike Edison

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A Picador Paperback Original How do great writers do it? From James M. Cain's hard-nosed observation that "writing a novel is like working on foreign...

"...one and just retype what I have. It gets me into a rhythm"--The Paris Review has elicited some..."

By The Paris Review and Philip Gourevitch

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Holt Paperbacks

Smile When You're Lying

Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer

From Bangkok to Bogotá, a hilarious behind-the-brochures tour of picture-perfect locales, dangerous destinations, and overrated hellholes from a guy who knows...

"...is a daily colonic. Smile When You’re Lying takes readers on an irresistible series of adventures..."

Chuck Thompson Chuck Thompson

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Tor Teen

Little Brother

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU. WHO’S WATCHING BACK?

"..., and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s..."

Cory Doctorow Cory Doctorow

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Since The Paris Review was founded in 1953, it has given us invaluable conversations with the greatest writers of our age, vivid self-portraits that are...

"...Since The Paris Review was founded in 1953, it has given us invaluable conversations with the greatest writers of our age, vivid self-portraits that are.... Since The Paris Review was founded..."

The Paris Review The Paris Review

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Henry Holt and Co.

The Sorrows of an American

A Novel

The Sorrows of an American is a soaring feat of storytelling about the immigrant experience and the ghosts that haunt families from one generation to...

"...husband, a famous novelist. As each new mystery unfolds, Erik begins to inhabit his emotionally..."

Siri Hustvedt Siri Hustvedt

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Picador

The Red Tent

A Novel

A New York Times Bestseller A decade after the publication of this hugely popular international bestseller, Picador releases the tenth anniversary...

"...and turmoils of ancient womanhood--the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of the mothers--Leah..."

Anita Diamant Anita Diamant

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Picador

Acceptance

A Novel

Acceptance is a satire of America's overachievers, a novel set over one year in the college application process, when students and parents surrender their...

"...Acceptance is a satire of America's overachievers, a novel set over one year in the college application process, when students and parents surrender their.... Acceptance is a satire of America's overachievers, a novel set over one year in the college application process, when students and parents..."

Susan Coll Susan Coll

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Picador

I Am Charlotte Simmons

A Novel

Tom Wolfe, the master social novelist of our time, the spot-on chronicler of all things contemporary and cultural, presents a sensational new novel about life,...

"...a sensational new novel about life, love, and learning--or the lack of it--amid today's American colleges. Our..."

Tom Wolfe Tom Wolfe

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Sarah Crichton Books

A Long Way Gone

Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

My new friends have begun to suspect I haven’t told them the full story of my life. “Why did you leave Sierra Leone?” “Because there is a war.” “You mean,...

"...story.”    Kirkus Reviews “Hideously effective in conveying the essential horror of his experiences..."

Ishmael Beah Ishmael Beah

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Adapted from the bestselling grassroots history of the United States, the story of America in the world, told in comics form Since its landmark publication in...

By Howard Zinn, Mike Konopacki and Paul Buhle

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Frances Foster Books

Anything But Ordinary

From the moment their romance begins in eighth grade, Winifred and Bernie are individualists. They pride themselves on being different, and have each other for...

"...are contemporary and very real. Readers curious about the adventures awaiting them in college will enjoy this well-written, believable story of the first year in college.” —School Library Journal..."

Valerie Hobbs Valerie Hobbs

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Hole in My Life

"This true tale of the worst year in the author's life will be a big surprise for his many fans . . .This is a story of mistakes, dues, redemption, and finally...

"...In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college..."

Jack Gantos Jack Gantos

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Frances Foster Books

Leaving the Nest

What do a baby blue jay, a kitten, a girl, and a baby squirrel have in common? They are emphatically curious about the world. They find it difficult to leave...

"...their wings and fly. With his ever-inventive art, Caldecott winner Mordicai Gerstein stretches..."

Mordicai Gerstein Mordicai Gerstein

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