>The About a Boy author—whose new novel, Juliet, Naked, is out later this month—shares some fiction he feels passionate about.

ME CHEETA by Cheeta Johnny Weissmuller’s chimp dishes the dirtiest dirt on his Golden Age of Hollywood costars.

THE FINANCIAL LIVES OF THE POETS by Jess Walter A laugh-out-loud, desperately painful account of an economy and a marriage in meltdown.

AMERICAN WIFE by Curtis Sittenfeld A superb, almost Dickensian novel about a recent First Lady. Best poolside read you could hope for.

STONER by John Williams Not a Judd Apatow comedy, but a poignant campus novel from the mid-’60s—an unjustly neglected gem.

NOAH’S COMPASS by Anne Tyler (coming in January) Tyler writes brilliant novels; this is as rich, sad and deeply empathetic as the best of them.

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