19 Love Songs, Square Haunting and more – Happy’s Weekend Reading

On the list this weekend: the perfect teenage (and adult) book for Valentine’s Day, 19 Love Songs, as well a groundbreaking feminist group biography in Square Haunting.

A Very Modern Dictionary might spare your blushes, the history and imagined future of Australia is spread across the short stories of A Couple of Things Before the End and The Hungry and the Fat is a daring satire for our times. Let’s check out the list. David Levithan

19 Love Songs, Square Haunting, A Very Modern Dictionary, A Couple of Things Before the End and The Hungry and the Fat are among the best new reads this weekend.

19 Love Songs by David Levithan

The New York Times best-selling author David Levithan presents a collection of stories, both fiction and non-fiction – even in verse – for young adults. A collection this engaging, however, is bound to be enjoyed by readers of all ages. More details at Text19 Love Songs

Square Haunting: Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars by Francesca Wade

Mecklenburgh Square in London is the setting for this unique biographical exploration. From this pivotal location, five influential women – including the literary icon Virginia Woolf – launched careers that lay the foundation for future feminist awakenings. Via Allen & Unwin. Square Haunting

A Very Modern Dictionary by Tobias Anthony

If you feel like the vernacular of millennial culture has left you behind, never fear. A Very Modern Dictionary is an elegant way to ensure that keep your cultural game on point. For more, visit Smith Street Books.A Very Modern Dictionary

A Couple of Things Before the End: Stories by Sean O’Beirne

A Couple of Things Before the End is a powerful collection of satirical short stories that intimately examines Australia’s history, present and where we could be headed, all through the lens of engrossing personal interactions. Visit Black Inc. for more details. A Couple of Things Before the End

The Hungry and the Fat by Timur Vermes

This satire from Timur Vermes has a biting, modern-day reality at its core. The Hungry and the Fat tells the story of a reality TV star, who unwittingly presents an opportunity for a convoy of African refugees to march into Europe. Visit Hachette for more. The Hungry and the Fat