Title Recommendations based on Josh Pfefferman
Twenty-somethings Hannah Horvath, Marnie Michaels, Shoshanna Shapiro, and Jessa Johansson all face challenges in work, friendship, and love in New York City. The girls are not sure if they're trying to smoothly transition into adulthood, or putting it off for as long as possible.
James Joyce's supremely innovative fictional autobiography is also, in the apt phrase of the biographer Richard Ellmann, nothing less than "the gestation of a soul." For as he describes the shabby, cloying, and sometimes terrifying Dublin upbringing of his alter ego, Stephen Dedalus, Joyce immerses the reader in his emerging consciousness, employing language that ranges from baby talk to hellfire sermon to a triumphant artist's manifesto. The result is a novel of immense boldness, eloquence, and energy, a work that inaugurated a literary revolution and has become a model for the portrayal of the self in our time.
One of William Faulkner's finest novels, As I Lay Dying, remains a captivating and stylistically innovative work. The story revolves around a grim yet darkly humorous pilgrimage, as Addie Bundren's family sets out to fulfill her last wish: to be buried in her native Jefferson, Mississippi, far from the miserable backwater surroundings of her married life. Told through multiple voices, As I Lay Dying vividly brings to life Faulkner's imaginary South, one of literature's great invented landscapes, and is replete with the poignant, impoverished, violent, and hypnotically fascinating characters that were his trademark.
In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own.
Growing up, Quentin Coldwater was obsessed with the children's book series Fillory and Further: a Narnia-like adventure about travel to a magical land. And now Quintin is fulfilling his dream of studying magic as a secret school called Brakebills. Magic is dangerous, though, and there may be bigger things looming in his future than just passing the next exam.
Elizabeth Jennings lives with her husband, Phillip, and their children, Paige and Henry in a Washington, D.C. suburb during the 1950's. On the surface, they live an average middle-class family that goes to the mall and bakes brownies. But they are actually undercover agents from the Soviet Union completing missions for their homeland. Keeping their cover is getting harder as their children grow older and as an FBI agent moves in next door.
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush wilds spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.
Malcolm Wilkerson lives in a small suburban house in complete disarray with a domineering mother, aloof father, and two brothers. Although some may call the rest of his family "lowbrow", Malcolm has an IQ of 165 and takes gifted classes. Although Malcolm wants more than anything to just be "normal," that's an elusive goal with his outrageous family and genius brain.
Bill Tench wants to update the FBI's old-fashioned investigative methods by using psychology, which is a bold new idea for the 1970's. Bill and his assistant Holden Ford set out to interview incarcerated serial killers in order to help law enforcement solve ongoing cases. As Bill explains, "How do we get ahead of crazy if we don't know how crazy thinks?"
The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control.
A small circle of friends suffering from post-collegiate blues must confront the hard truth about life, love and the pursuit of gainful employment. As they struggle to map out survival guides for the future, the Gen-X quartet soon begins to realize that reality isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Thanks to an untimely demise via drowning, a young couple end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners, who want to make drastic changes. In desperation, the undead newlyweds turn to an expert frightmeister, but he's got a diabolical agenda of his own.
Violet, Klaus and Sonny on her own after their parents' mysterious death. If that's not hard enough, they also face man-eating leeches, friendly vipers, and carnivorous circuses. And the biggest challenge of all is outsmarting the dastardly Count Olaf, who's determined to acquire their family's fortune.
Colorado Springs, late 1970s. Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer, and Flip Zimmerman, his Jewish colleague, run an undercover operation to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.