The Funky Reader

You love books set in the the world of realistic fiction. That critics in New York love.

  • Girl Unwrapped

    Set in Montreal in the 1960s, Girl Unwrapped tells the of Toni Goldblatt, daughter of Holocaust survivors, as she examines her sexual identity and grows up in the shadows of the war.Great for:An intelligent coming-of-age storyReaders interested in a tale about emerging sexual identityThose who would like an accurate portrayal...


  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

    As a former writer for television’s delicious comedy, Arrested Development, we can trust that Maria Semple knows a thing or two about using family dysfunction as a backdrop for telling a really good, really funny story. She does just this in her wonderfully written novel, told from the perspective of Bee,...


  • Office Girl

    Like an indie-fim auteur, Meno brings us two characters in their twenties who are hapless and adorable. Beautiful writing.Great For:A quick read (both male and female)Lovers of ChicagoAnyone who has gone through their twenties recently  


  • Just Kids

    This thought-provoking memoir, written by punk-rock high-priestess, Patti Smith, chronicles her years in New York City and her symbiotic relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Coupled with her musings on the artist’s life, this provides a great read for those interested in the power of perception and the role of the...


  • Fear of Flying

    Released in 1973, Jong’s controversial novel follows Isadora Wing on her path towards self-discovery and sexual liberation.Great for:Anyone interested in the women’s lib. MovementReaders looking for some racy sex scenes with substance behind themThose who finally want to understand “the zipless *^&*”If you liked the book, rent the movie(s):