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Four of these books I heartily endorse. "The Intuitionist" is even one of my pchoo pchoo pchoo books. The fifth, "The Laziest Secretary in the World," I've never heard of, but some quick Google work tells me I'm going to check it out for myself. Let's keep in mind that I'm the expert here, but even experts can learn a thing or two. In exchange for the knowledge she's dropped on me, I'm going to recommend another of my pchoo pchoo pchoo books for Elise: "Revolutionary Road" by Richard Yates.

1. "The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer

2. "The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P." by Adelle Waldman

3. "The Thing Around your Neck" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

4. "Delicate Edible Birds" by Lauren Groff

5. "What the Living Do" by Marie Howe

— Teresa P., Barcelona, Spain

The inclusion of some poetry in her list tells me that Teresa won't blanch from the challenge of Toni Morrison's amazing sentences in "The Bluest Eye."

1. "The Joker" by Andrew Hudgins

2. "American Pastoral" by Philip Roth

3. "My Lunches with Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles" edited by Peter Biskind

4. "Babbitt" by Sinclair Lewis

5. "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers" by John Logan

— Nick P., Chicago

For Nick, a great Hollywood novel: "The Day of the Locust" by Nathanael West


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