• Summer Reading

    Looking for great summer reads? To help you out, we've once again rounded up recent publications by some of our most talented and entertaining New School alumni authors.  From novels to short stories, from ethnographies to memoirs, from poetry to children's books, there is something for everyone. Immerse yourself in these summer reads and be sure to take us on your journey by using the #newschoolalumni hashtag!

    Alumni Authors

  • Nonfiction

    Abandon Me (Bloomsbury) by Melissa Febos, BA Liberal Arts '03

    At once a fearlessly vulnerable memoir and an incisive investigation of art, love, and identity, Abandon Me draws on childhood stories, religion, psychology, mythology, popular culture, and the intimacies of one writer's life to reveal intellectual and emotional truths that feel startlingly universal.

    Flying Couch (Catapult) by Amy Kurzweil, MFA Creative Writing '13

    Amy Kurzweil’s debut tells the stories of three unforgettable women. Entwining the voices and histories of these three wise, hilarious, and very different women, Kurzweil creates a portrait not only of what it means to be part of a family, but also of how each generation bears the imprint of the past.

    Rescue Me: Dog Adoption Portraits and Stories from New York City (Aperture), by Richard Phibbs, BFA Communication Design '88

    For three years, fashion and portrait photographer Richard Phibbs has donated his services to the Humane Society of New York, making portraits of dogs up for adoption as part of the Manhattan shelter’s work to find them all “forever homes.” The best of his photographs are featured in this simple and moving album, along with the story of each dog on its journey from often-shocking circumstances of abandonment and rejection through rescue and the joy experienced in the new homes these pictures helped them find.

    Sunshine State (Harper Perennial) by Sarah Gerard, MFA Creative Writing '12

    Sarah Gerard follows her breakout novel, Binary Star, with the dynamic essay collection Sunshine State, which explores Florida as a microcosm of the most pressing economic and environmental perils haunting our society.

    The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles, and Details (Clarkson Potter) by Christiane Lemieux, BFA Fashion Design '97

    How does one recognize quality and judge whether something is well made? Christiane Lemieux sets out to answer this question by interviewing the world’s greatest experts on interior design and decoration. Weaving together the insights and guidance of dozens of wallpaper and paint specialists, textile fabricators, accessories artisans, and interior designers, Lemieux curates an unparalleled education in recognizing the hallmarks of timeless, heirloom-quality pieces.

    The Serial Entertainer's Passion for Parties (Gibbs Smith) by Steven Stolman, BFA Fashion Design '80

    You’re invited as everyone’s favorite “serial entertainer” returns to share memories, recipes, and photographs from his favorite parties over the years in The Serial Entertainer’s Passion for Parties. Playful yet elegant, these extravagant celebrations leave nothing to be desired, and you’ll take it all in from a front-row seat.

    Third Wave Capitalism: How Money, Power, and the Pursuit of Self-Interest Have Imperiled the American Dream (Cornell University Press) by John Ehrenreich, PhD Psychology '89

    In Third Wave Capitalism, John Ehrenreich documents the emergence of a new stage in the history of American capitalism. Just as the industrial capitalism of the 19th century gave way to corporate capitalism in the 20th, recent decades have witnessed corporate capitalism evolving into a new phase, which Ehrenreich calls "third wave capitalism."

    2Brides 2Be: A Same-Sex Guide for the Modern Bride (Rare Bird) by Laura Leigh Abby, MFA Creative Writing '13

    Planning a two-bride wedding can mean twice the beauty and twice the stress, and with a shortage of inspiration and guidance for the modern lesbian bride, this is the book for the next generation of women planning a same-sex wedding.

    Fiction

    Beautiful Gravity (Antibookclub) by Martin Hyatt, MFA Creative Writing '00

    Loner Boz Matthews spends his days working at his grandfather's Louisiana highway diner. His only friends are the Pentecostal preacher's anorexic daughter, Meg, and the ghosts of dead movie stars. But when country music outlaws Catty Mills and Kyle Thomas come to town, Boz's world is turned upside down.

    Dust: Short Stories (Lucid River Press) by Amy Dupcak, MFA Creative Writing '09

    Dupcak dives headfirst into the complicated waters of youth. Exploring themes of alienation, longing, self-destruction, and ultimately self-awareness, the characters in Dust attempt to find meaning and form connections through sex, art, drugs, bathtubs, apple seeds, a cardboard dream machine, and an aloe vera plant.

    Freebird (Graywolf Press) by Jonathan Raymond, MFA Creative Writing '03

    In a hard-driving account of one family's moral crisis, Raymond delivers a brilliant, searching novel about death and politics in America today, revealing how the fates of our families are irrevocably tied to the currents of history.

    Marlena (Henry Holt and Co.) by Julie Buntin, BA Literary Studies '10

    The story of two girls and the wild year that will cost one her life and define the other girl's for decades. Marlena is an unforgettable story of the friendships that shape us and the ways it might be possible to pull oneself back from the brink.

    Plastic Vodka Bottle Sleepover (Split Lip Press) by Mila Jaroniec, MFA Creative Writing '14

    With razor-sharp imagery, the author brings the fractured story of our narrator to life: A young woman at an emotional crossroads embarks on a journey to her future — or is she falling into her past? In New York’s City’s bars, bedrooms, and elsewhere, Jaroniec evokes the lives of queer underground angels, their deep friendships, their passions, and their struggles.

    Problems (Emily Books) by Jade Sharma, MFA Creative Writing '13

    Dark, raw, and very funny, Problems introduces us to Maya, a young woman with a smart mouth, time to kill, and a heroin hobby that isn't much fun anymore. This book takes every tired trope about addiction and recovery, likable characters, and redemption narratives and blows them to pieces.

    Rich People Problems (Doubleday) by Kevin Kwan, BFA Photography '98

    Kevin Kwan, best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, is back with an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia’s greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance. 

    The Antiques (Scribner) by Kris D’Agostino, MFA Creative Writing '08

    On the night of a massive hurricane, three estranged siblings learn that their father is dying. For the first time in years, they convene at their childhood home in upstate New York, where the storm has downed power lines, flooded houses, and destroyed the family’s antique store.

    The Matrimonial Flirtations of Emma Kaulfield (Arcade) by Anna Fishbeyn, MFA Creative Writing '05

    An often laugh-out-loud comedy of conflicting manners, values, and customs, set against the backdrop of a Russian immigrant family’s struggle to assimilate, their newfound love of capitalism, and their insistent push for their children's tangible success.

    The Mentor (Thomas Dunne Books) by Lee Matthew Goldberg, MFA Creative Writing '06

    A twisty, nail-biting thriller that explores how the love of words can lead to a deadly obsession with the fate of all those connected and hanging in the balance.

    The Red Hunter (Touchstone) by Lisa Unger, BA Liberal Arts '92

    What is the difference between justice and revenge? In this buzzworthy new standalone thriller by New York Times best-selling author Lisa Unger, two wronged women on very different paths find themselves in the same dark place.

    Poetry

    A Child of Storm (Stalking Horse Press) by Michael Wilson, MFA Creative Writing '08

    Glass Actress (Furniture Press Books) by Nicole Steinberg, MFA Creative Writing '06

    Of Being Dispersed (Futurepoem Books) by Simone White, MFA Creative Writing '05

    Children and Young Adults

    Braced (Scholastic) by Alyson Gerber, MFA Creative Writing '12

    Rachel Brooks is excited for the new school year. She's finally earned a place as a forward on her soccer team. Her best friends make everything fun. And she really likes Tate, and she's pretty sure he likes her back. After one last appointment with her scoliosis doctor, this will be her best year yet. Then the doctor delivers some terrible news.

    Flicker and Mist (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Mary Thompson, MFA Creative Writing '12

    Romance, intrigue, and plenty of action are woven into a rich and suspenseful narrative in this powerful YA fantasy. The mixed-race heroine, Myra, is a Flickerkin and can flicker (become invisible) at will. She hasn’t cultivated or revealed this ability, since Flickerkin are persecuted as potential criminals and spies. When invisible people become tricksters and then murderers, Myra’s Flickerkin heritage becomes a deadly secret, putting her life in jeopardy.

    Girl Out of Water (Sourcebooks) by Laura Silverman, MFA Creative Writing '15

    Ocean breeze in her hair and sand between her toes, Anise can't wait to spend the summer before her senior year surfing and hanging out on the beach with friends. Santa Cruz is more than her home—it's her heart. But when her aunt, a single mother, is in a serious car accident, Anise must say goodbye to California to help care for her three young cousins.

    How It Feels to Fly (HarperTeen) by Kathryn Holmes, MFA Creative Writing '10

    A struggle with body dysmorphia forces one girl to decide whether letting go of her insecurity also means turning her back on her dreams. This compelling story from Kathryn Holmes examines one girl’s efforts to overcome her worst enemy: herself.

    Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury) by Renée Watson, BA Liberal Arts '09

    Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And she has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly white private school and even Saturday-morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful.

    The Careful Undressing of Love (Dutton Books for Young Readers) by Corey Ann Haydu, MFA Creative Writing '12

    The girls of Devonairre Street have always been told they’re cursed. Any boy they love is certain to die too soon. But it’s not real. It won’t affect their futures. Then Jack — their Jack, the one boy everyone loved — dies suddenly and violently. And now the curse seems not only real, but like the only thing that matters. All their bright futures have suddenly gone dark.

    The Crystal Ribbon (Scholastic) by Celeste Lim, MFA Creative Writing '14

    In the village of Huanan, in medieval China, the deity that rules is the Great Huli Jing. Though 12-year-old Li Jing's name is a different character entirely from Huli Jing, the sound is close enough to provoke constant teasing — but it may also be a source of fortune and power.

    Bonus!

    The World of Anna Sui (Abrams) by Tim Blanks

    Parsons alumna Anna Sui is one of New York’s most beloved and accomplished fashion designers, known for creating original contemporary clothing inspired by intensive research on vintage styles and cultural arcana. The World of Anna Sui looks at Sui’s eclectic career as a designer and artist, through both her clothing and her studio. Through interviews with fashion journalist Tim Blanks, the book explores Sui’s lifelong engagement with fashion archetypes — the rocker, the schoolgirl, the punk, the goth, the bohemian — and reveals their inspiration and influence.

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