Attention Female Millennials: You Must Read This Now

Don’t let the title of Melissa Bank’s 1999 book The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing confuse you—it’s neither about hunting nor fishing, unless you want to talk metaphorical. The collection of short stories, which reads more like a novel (it follows the witty and endlessly entertaining Jane Rosenal from age fourteen into her twenties), offers tidbits of wisdom and humorous grace every modern-day lady could use in her arsenal. Take, for example, “Today was the first day of the rest of my life. It was okay, I think the second day of the rest of my life will be better.” And yes, if you’re wondering, critics like it too—but it’s the eerie candor and honest examination of love, career, and the act of growing up that make it nearly impossible to put down.