Every aspect of postcollegiate life has already been well documented

By Stephan Lee
May 11, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

Weekend Hangovers
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.

Sex
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.

Guy Drama
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.

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