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The Bear Went Over the Mountain – William Kotzwinkle

Once upon a time in rural Maine, a big black bear found a briefcase under a tree. Hoping for food, he dragged it into the woods, only to find that all it held was the manuscript of a novel. He couldn’t eat it, but he did read it, and decided it wasn’t bad. Borrowing some clothes from a local store, and the name Hal Jam from the labels of his favorite foods, he headed to New York to seek his fortune in the literary world.



Super Sad True Love Story – Gary Shteyngart

In a near future hilariously reflective of contemporary trends and fears, middle-aged Lenny Abramov falls for younger Eunice Park. Separated by sensibilities as much as by years, anxious, book-loving Lenny and unfulfilled, hyper plugged-in Eunice both struggle with where they fit in their world and who they can be to each other. Shteyngart ably satirizes the preoccupations of the Information Age while also giving us its first great romance. -- Julia S., DC Public Library staff




A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

"This debut novel demonstrates the author's outstanding talent with phrasing to portray the characters' personalities. Funny, sweet, sad, laugh-out-loud in many instances, I have recommended this book to many friends who want a thoughtful, engaging, yet playful story about human nature and people interacting with each other." - Schlow Library Staff

Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari

Now a New York Times Bestseller A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices



Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson

From The Bloggess: In this irreverent book, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.


True Story: A Novel – Bill Maher

Bill Maher, the hilarious, irreverent star of the hit ABC talk show Politically Incorrect, is one of America's hottest comics. But like many of today's late-night humor kings, Maher began his career navigating New York City's seedy stand-up comedy circuit. He was there back in the Golden Age of comedy, when everybody wanted to be Eddie Murphy, and even the laundromat had its own open-mike night.