albeit 3.2: Youth Syllabus

The College Bildungsroman

An Uncommon Education by Elizabeth Percer
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Having a Child

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
Little Labors by Rivka Galchen
A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Growing Up in War

We Need New Names by NoViolent Bulawaya
Girl at War by Sara Novic
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rivka Brunt
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
The Once and Furture King by T.H. White

Freaks and Geeks

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (and the film) by Ransom Riggs
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Magicians (and the TV show) by Lev Grossman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Adore by Doris Lessing
Rage Is Back by Adam Mansbach
The Night Gwen Stacy Died by Sarah Bruni