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Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
The comedian's life before stardom was a hilarious, booze-soaked mess.
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Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
These girls are witty and educated, but they're far from having their acts together.
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Lust and Other Stories by Susan Minot
This provocative collection about the lives of young New Yorkers was passed around many a college dorm.
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Run Catch Kiss by Amy Sohn
Sohn's popular New York Press sex column ''Female Trouble'' was the basis for this brash, astute novel.
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Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
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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Bond Girl by Erin Duffy
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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I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
The tyrant in the essay ''The Ursula Cookie'' will make your first boss look like Mary Poppins.
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No Place Like Home by Brooke Berman
A young playwright blows through temp jobs and cheap apartments in this lovely memoir.
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The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
Bank's funny, tender stories show twentysomethings that thirtysomethings don't always have things figured out either.
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Lucky Girls by Nell Freudenberger
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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Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan
Four close-knit Smith alums struggle to stick together in the years after graduation.
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The Group by Mary McCarthy
The eight female protagonists of McCarthy's landmark novel graduated from Vassar back in 1933, but their stories still resonate today.