If you feel like mercuryis always in retrograde, cozy up with a book featuring a protagonist that completely knows how you feel. Life isn’t exactly peachy for the characters in these three book picks, but there’s of course redemption in the end. Commiserate and find your and inspiration here:
“Know Your Beholder” by Adam Rapp
Read if: You’re ever curious about the lives of your hipster neighbors.
Similar to: “The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.” by Adelle Waldman and “High Fidelty” by Nick Hornby
Premise: To say things are not going well for thirtysomething ex-indie rocker Francis Falbo would be an understatement. His band broke up, his mom died and his wife left him. With little left to occupy his mind, he becomes immersed in the lives of the tenants he rents the rooms out in his childhood home out to. You’ll become attached to the eccentric cast of characters who help the protagonist move on with his life.
“The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin
Read if: The single digit temperatures have you feeling isolated and lonely.
Similar to: “Letters from Skye” by Jessica Brockmole
Premise: For the bulk of A.J. Filkry’s life, his bookshop has been his pride and joy. He particularly favors his rare collection of Edgar Allen Poe poems. But recently, sales have plummeted, and worse, someone stole his poems. Just as depression sets in, he gets a mysterious package in the mail, which changes his life forever.
“Dorothy Parker Drank Here” by Ellen Meister
Read if: The dinner party guest list of your dreams mostly consists of dead famous people.
Similar to: “Blonde” by Joyce Carol Oates
Premise: To put off disappearing into the afterlife, the late poet Dorothy Parker hans around in limbo at her favorite watering hole, the Algonquin Hotel. There, she finds a reliable drinking buddy in Ted Shriver, the 1970s novelist and the two form an interesting friendship while unearthing big questions about tragedy and the meaning of life.