- Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Oh, Holden. You are everyone at some point in time. You just want to slap him and tell him to go home, already! A great story for a NYC timeline.
- I'm Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. On the opposite end of the timeline, Josh could be Holden in his 20s. Amazing account of a drag queens' experience in the city.
- Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. Equally amazing is the graphic novel account of the creator/artist/writer of Dykes to Watch Out For experiences with her father growing up and his death/suicide while in college.
- Dry by Augusten Burroughs. A not-as-funny sequel to Running With Sissors, but just as good. Dry finds Augusten in recovery from his wild teen years and alcoholism.
- Rats by Robert Sullivan. I was expecting mind-blowingly great and got mediocre. Rats was an ok account of rat observation in the city. I wanted more science, more facts and got some dude blabbing on about garbarge strikes and his own unhealthy rat obsession.