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7 upcoming books every twentysomething should read this autumn

New writing from Amy Poehler, Richard Ayoade and more.

AS AUTUMN DESCENDS upon us, there’s no better way to wile away a dark evening than with a good book.

Here are a selection of humorous, smart and insightful books by a host of clever people that every twentysomething should dive into this autumn.

1. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Release date: September 23rd

lenadunham Source: Amazon

The star of Girls pens her highly anticipated memoir. Expect unflinching honesty, lots of oversharing and maybe a few nuggets of wisdom as Dunham writes about her life under the headings Love & Sex, Body, Friendship, Work and Big Picture.

2. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Release date: November 6th

amypoehler Source: Amazon

Described as a “big, juicy stew of personal stories”, Yes Please is the first memoir from your dream best friend Amy Poehler and your new favourite books. Here, the beloved Parks and Recreation star writes hilariously about everything from her childhood in Boston to becoming a big deal in Hollywood. We can’t wait.

3.  Science…for Her! by Megan Amram

Release date: November 10th

scienceforher Source: Amazon

You may or may not know Megan Amram. For the uninitiated, she’s a big deal over on Twitter where she posts hilarious non-sequiturs every day and has amassed close to 435,000 followers. (Sample joke:  ”I call my boobs the “Twin Towers” because one is hitting the ground faster than the other”.)

In Science…For Her!, Amram parodies both scientific tomes and the likes of Cosmopolitan to create a fake science book for women. (See the cover: “Sexiest molecules”.) Bring it.

4. Ayoade on Ayoade by Richard Ayoade

Release date: September 30th

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In which Richard Ayoade interviews Richard Ayoade about Richard Ayoade’s cinematic legacy. Yes, it’s all for laughs and yes, it promises to be very funny.

5. Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg

Release date: November 4th

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From the co-founder of the cult website The Toast, Texts from Jane Eyre is a series of imagined text conversations with literary icons such as Scarlett O’Hara, Daisy Buchanan and, of course, Jane Eyre.

It has its roots as a regular feature on The Hairpin and promises to be brilliantly funny. A must for any book nerd. (Read a sample here.)

6. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

Release date: October 14th

princessbride Source: Amazon

The eminently quotable The Princess Bride was a staple for many of us growing up and continues to retain a sort of cult status. In this book, the film’s star Cary Elwes gives and insight into the making of the film, divulges secrets from the set and drops some hints about on-set romances.

A must for anyone who has ever exclaimed, “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

7. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Release date: June 19th

marinakeegan Source: Amazon

In May 2012, Marina Keegan, a recent Yale graduate, died tragically in a car accident. In the days that ensued, an essay by Keegan entitled The Opposite of Loneliness went viral and was reportedly read by 1.4 million people.

Following her death, her professor set about compiling a series of essays written by Keegan for publication. The result is The Opposite of Loneliness, a collection of writings that showcase Keegan’s prodigious talents and are largely centred on young adulthood.

Worth it if you missed it.

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