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Love the Lena Dunham series? Try the titles on our reading list from Erin Duffy, Sloane Crosley, and more for similarly astute, engaging looks at postcollegiate life
Posted on May 19, 2012 at 10:30am EST
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The comedian's life before stardom was a hilarious, booze-soaked mess.
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These girls are witty and educated, but they're far from having their acts together.
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This provocative collection about the lives of young New Yorkers was passed around many a college dorm.
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Sohn's popular New York Press sex column ''Female Trouble'' was the basis for this brash, astute novel.
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Critics contrast Girls with HBO's glossier SATC — but Bushnell's book is sharper and less rom-commy than the show it inspired.
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A whip-smart entry-level bond trader takes on Wall Street. She faces not only the financial collapse of 2008 but also the leers of handsy businessmen.
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The tyrant in the essay ''The Ursula Cookie'' will make your first boss look like Mary Poppins.
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A young playwright blows through temp jobs and cheap apartments in this lovely memoir.
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Bank's funny, tender stories show twentysomethings that thirtysomethings don't always have things figured out either.
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Most of the young women in this five-story collection live in exotic and far-flung locales, but their boyfriend problems are universal.
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Four close-knit Smith alums struggle to stick together in the years after graduation.
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The eight female protagonists of McCarthy's landmark novel graduated from Vassar back in 1933, but their stories still resonate today.