Recommend me some books about people who work at startups, have roommates, go to happy hours and do online dating.
So I just started reading Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
, and I realized that I read very few books about people whose lives look like that of me and my peers: urban twentysomethings with a roommate or three, who have been affected by the recession, work in some vague "marketing" role at a startup (or maybe in customer service?), own a bunch of gadgets, maybe go camping or play sports on the weekends while trying to find meaning in it all. I've seen this question
, but I'm really interested in the modern take on this topic.
The Platonic ideal of what I'm looking for, I guess, would be the aforementioned Mr. Penumbra
and A Working Theory of Love
by Scott Hutchins (the main character is in his mid-30s and divorced, but the apartment above Dolores Park and the sad little startup in Palo Alto are right in line with what I'm talking about). I suppose part of what I like about these books is that they have the current San Francisco zeitgeist down perfectly, which obviously not every book is going to be able to do, but I went through a period of reading chick lit books mainly because they were the only books I knew of where the characters had roommates and worried about their careers, so clearly I'm not that
picky. I do love that these books address technology and its role in our lives, so books written in the last few years are best (though I also liked The Collective
by Don Lee, which came out last year but is about a group of Asian American artists in the nineties). I'm also going to go out on a limb and say I'm slightly less interested in books set in New York, just because it seems to have a culture and mindset all its own, and not one I necessarily relate to. (But don't let that stop you from recommending them, both for posterity and because who knows, I might fall in love with one.) I am, however, interested in other cities--Minneapolis, Austin, Seattle, Philadephia, Chicago? Bring it.