Whether set in a dystopian future or the immigration courts of New York City, these tales will keep you flipping pages all month long.More
"The Idiot" by Elif Batuman (Penguin Press), $27, penguinrandomhouse.com.
The Basics: Batuman's first novel follows a Harvard student as she learns how to use the internet (the book is set in 1995), strikes up an overseas romance over email, explores Europe, and experiments with her own writing.
Good for Anyone Who… likes reading both epic 19th-century novels and introspective Tumblr posts.
Estimated Reading Time: Nine days at 50 pages a day.
Of Note: Easily the book you'll want to be seen with this month—like a giant piece of millennial pink candy. Also, what an opening sentence: "I didn't know what email was until I got to college."
"Startup" by Doree Shafrir (Little, Brown and Company), $17, hachettebookgroup.com.
The Basics: A wunderkind entrepreneur goes in search of funding for his wellness app, TakeOff; a blogger goes in search of a juicy scoop; a failed novelist goes in search of a job; and a few scandalous text messages set the tech world on fire in this shrewd novel.
Good for Anyone Who… loves satire, watches Silicon Valley, and/or has become suspicious of anything marketed as promoting "wellness."
Estimated Reading Time: One week at 40 pages a day.
Of Note: If you want more Doree Shafrir, head to BuzzFeed, where she writes about culture. Last week's essay? "Feminist Hypocrisy Is the New Trend in Startup Narratives."