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Need more literary stimulation than the masterpiece you’re holding in your hands right now? Grab one of these.

For the Adventurer

Midnight Angels
By Lorenzo Carcaterra

The hunt for a lost piece of art leaves the streets of Florence, Italy littered with bodies. This blood-splattered page-turner of a thriller could be the hottest action you get all summer.

For the Music Nerd

Talking to Girls About Duran Duran
By Rob Sheffield

A hilarious, heartbreaking memoir of growing up in the era of MTV, Cassingles, and really good bands with really bad hair.

For the Horny Dude

Suck It, Wonder Woman! The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek
By Olivia Munn

Our favorite nerd-approved goddess opens up on sex (“Have a damn threesome. Like, now.”), anatomy (“Vaginas look like messy, open-faced Reuben sandwiches. Not mine, of course.”), and fashion (“Always wear a gold bikini.”).

For the Hungry

The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual
By Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo

Think of this fun, old-fashioned, and often-funny offering from Brooklyn’s stoner kings of Italian comfort food (try the meatballs—they’re the best in the city) as “The Dangerous Cookbook for Boys.” Now eat! You’re too skinny!

For the Liver Abuser

Notes from the Night
By Taylor Plimpton

A love letter to N.Y.C. after dark that will leave you hung over and begging for another round.

For the Sports Nut

The Only Game In Town: Sports Writing from the New Yorker
Edited by David Remnick

From Teddy Ballgame’s final ball game to the science of the knuckleball to the legend of Tiger Woods, this collection is packed with so much sports awesomeness you might get a groin pull reading it.