• The cover of the book The Year of Magical Thinking

    The Year of Magical Thinking

    This classic memoir by Joan Didion is the most popular and recommended book on Passerbuys. The Year of Magical Thinking documents Didion’s heartbreaking year grappling with the sudden death of her husband and her daughter’s serious illness. Speaking to Didion’s emotional prose, music editor and NYC passerby Lauren Nostro says, “As for reading Joan Didion, I like to make myself cry.”

  • The cover of the book The Rules Do Not Apply

    The Rules Do Not Apply

    This memoir by New Yorker writer Ariel Levy emerged as one of the most recommended memoirs on Passerbuys. It documents Levy as she leaves for a reporting trip to Mongolia while she was pregnant, married, and financially secure—all of which became untrue very quickly. Natalie Pace of West Elm wrote that The Rules Do Not Apply has easily become one of her favorite books—a story of Ariel’s life in New York, “and how she bent the rules to live the life she wanted.”

  • The cover of the book A Little Life

    A Little Life

    Featured on our weekly series, Popular Passerbuys, this novel traces the journey of four college classmates, the families they’re born into, and the families they make for themselves. Book publicist and passerby Angie Venezia says, “Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life was an incredibly important novel to me, so I felt like the luckiest gal on earth to work on it. Hanya is one of my favorite people.”

  • The cover of the book The Architecture of Happiness

    The Architecture of Happiness

    This popular recommendation is perfect for creatives, but also for those who would like to learn more about the relationship between philosophy, psychology, and architecture. Alain de Botton teaches readers how our physical environment influences who we are, and how it can be used to reach our full potential.

  • The cover of the book The Idiot

    The Idiot

    A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, this novel follows a daughter of immigrants as she navigates her freshman year at Harvard while maintaining a romantic relationship via email. The premise alone resounds for many passersby, and Batuman’s writing is witty, sharp, and undeniably appealing.

  • The cover of the book Conversations with Friends

    Conversations with Friends

    Rooney’s debut novel was selected as one of the best books of 2017 on Passerbuys. Gaining attention for its complex portrayal of female friendship, it covers the familiar feelings of passion and jealousy that saturate young adulthood through the relationship between Frances, a student in Dublin pursuing a career as a writer, and her best friend, Bobbi.

  • The cover of the book Against Everything

    Against Everything

    Against Everything is a fitting companion to today’s political and popular culture. A collection of essays both profound and entertaining, Greif’s topics include policing, protests, and the philosophy of pop music, among others. Pick up this book for an understanding of meaning-making among the chaos of contemporary life.