The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer. (Riverhead, April 9). This may be the title of the season I've heard most shouted from the literary mountaintops. Attenberg says it's "epic, funny, charming, deeply felt. A true accomplishment." Northington reports the bookstore staff is abuzz about it as well. And Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures, says, "I loved loved loved it."
THEY'RE FUNNY BECAUSE THEY'RE TRUE
STFU, PARENTS: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare, by Blair Koenig. (Perigee Trade; April 2). Your print guide to the world of annoying parenting from the author of the blog that must not be named by The New York Times.
Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar, by Kelly Oxford. (It Books, April 2). Blogger/memoirist Kelly Oxford has quite a lot of Twitter followers, and quite a few of them have been freaking out about her new book, which, as is happens, Lena Dunham pronounced funny, too. She had me with her chapter called "Tweezers."
I Can Barely Take Care of Myself, by Jen Kirkman. (Simon & Schuster, April 16.) Comedian Kirkman has written a book with the subtitle "Tales from a Happy Life Without Kids." Consider her the relatable counter to Magary, below, and Koenig, above.
Someone Could Get Hurt, by Drew Magary. (Gotham, May 16). I laughed and cried—really, I did, often simultaneously—while reading Magary's memoir about fatherhood in these modern times.
FLIGHTS OF WORD-NERD FANCY
The Story of English in 100 Words, by David Crystal. (Picador, April 2). I'm dying to get my hands on this reprint, initially published by St. Martins in 2012, now available from Picador as a trade paperback. Crystal "draws on one hundred words that best illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences and events that have helped to shape our vernacular since the word roe was written down on the bone ankle of a roe deer in the fifth century."
The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner. (Scribner, April 2). Kushner on the SoHo art scene and Italy's radical '70s! "Because it's New York in the 1970s, art world, like my favorite time, ever, in recent American history," says Practical Classics author Kevin Smokler.
Woke Up Lonely, by Fiona Maazel. (Graywolf, April 2). This farcical, hilarious take on modern life is one on the must-read list of Vol. 1 Brooklyn's Tobias Carroll, and it's on mine, too.
The Fever Tree, by Jennifer McVeigh. (Amy Einhorn, April 4). This sweeping novel takes place in 1880s South Africa and has been compared to Gone With the Wind.
The Slippage, by Ben Greenman. (Harper Perennial, April 23). The New Yorker’s very funny Ben Greenman, author of Superbad, deals with the serious subject of marriage—as the author told me, it's "a domestic book about things that people of a certain age face." But of course, it's funny, too, with plenty of mordant wit.