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