Walter Kirn’s newest book, Blood Will Out: The True Story of Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade, is a riveting, chilling, and sometimes funny real-life psychological thriller about Kirn’s fifteen-year friendship with a man whose life story eerily parallels Tom Ripley’s in The Talented Mr. Ripley. Kirn is a witty, sharp observer who will flay himself with the same X-Acto knife precision that he uses to flay his characters. I couldn’t stop reading Blood Will Out—it made me want to dig through my bookshelves, pluck out and reread everything Kirn has ever written.

Dear Dust

I’m a 20 year-old college student who is taking a year off to travel around the world, and I want to bring five books with me. I hate Kindles, so no Kindle. Just five great books to get me through the down times. What should I bring?

(me and my friends all have a crush on The Dust. Just thought I’d share!)