Books About Living With Others

As the COVID-19 pandemic has kept many people at home, chances are you’re spending more time than you’re used to in close quarters with your family or roommates. Even if you live alone, you may be asking yourself if you’re the lucky one or missing out. Whether your living situation is a dream, a nightmare, or somewhere in between, there’s a cohabitation story for you.

If you’re looking for a story about friends living together, try “The Apartmentopens a new window” by Danielle Steel or “A Little Lifeopens a new window” by Hanya Yanagihara. For a combination of dystopia and problematic roommates, check out “Followersopens a new window” by Megan Angelo. There are lots of books about school roommates, including: “The Guineveres” by Sarah Domet, “Shadow of the Lionsopens a new window” by Christopher Swann, “The Expectationsopens a new window” by Alexander Tilney and “The Broken Girlsopens a new window” by Simone St. James.

Odd couple roommate stories are a classic choice. Try “The Great Unexpectedopens a new window” by Dan Mooney or “Let’s No One Get Hurtopens a new window” by Jon Pineda. Another popular trope is the roommates-to-lovers story. “The Chai Factoropens a new window” by Farah Heron, “The Flatshareopens a new window” by Beth O’Leary, “Maybe Notopens a new window” by Colleen Hoover and “Roomies” by Christina Lauren all have that relationship at their core.

If you’re quarantined with your family at the moment, there are a variety of novels that dive into family dynamics. Check out “Dominicanaopens a new window” by Angie Cruz or “Your House Will Payopens a new window” by Steph Cha for complicated familial stories. “The Mandibles: A Family 2029-2047opens a new window” by Lionel Shriver is the story of a family in the near future dealing with broad economic breakdown. “The Needopens a new window” by Helen Phillips and “We Have Always Lived in the Castleopens a new window” by Shirley Jackson talk about family life filtered through a slightly creepy lens. “The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls” by Anissa Gray, “Red at the Boneopens a new window" by Jacqueline Woodson, and “Go Tell It on the Mountainopens a new window” by James Baldwin offer persepctives on African-American family life.

Whatever your situation, OPL has a book for you! This list includes the titles mentioned above, as well as a few more. You can always submit a custom reading list request if you’d like still more titles in this (or any other) vein!

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