With a new season, comes new books, and if you’re anything like us, that’s a very good thing. While days of beach reading might be behind us, the cooler weather and darker days lend themselves beautifully to curling up with a good book. From complicated meditations on marriage to breezy reads on North Fork’s most fascinating fictional socialites, here are five books we highly recommend adding to your reading list in the coming months.
By Dylan Essertier
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“I like to tell people that Martha Stewart’s greatest crime wasn’t insider trading, it was telling a generation of hosts that gathering is about fish knives, flowers and canapés; that if you get the thingsright, magic will happen. One of the documents I found that illustrated this for me was a party-planning guide on Stewart’s website. It’s a 29-item checklist and only three of the items focused on people. I wanted to write a book that shifted the focus away from the crudités and on to what actually creates magic between people,” author Priya Parker recently told the New York Times when asked about the inspiration for her novel The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters. This is a great read for those who want to make their next big get together *really count* as it dives into the anthropological aspects of gathering and explores the complex dynamics of group relationships—including how to foster more meaningful conversations at your next event.
No One Tells You This by Glynnis Macnicol
Glynnis Macnicol’s new memoir dives into some very big questions, including but not limited to: What does a happy ending look like for an unmarried woman without children? The majority of this question is explored by focusing on life after the author’s 40th birthday as readers follow Macnicol around the country from New York to Wyoming on her physical and emotional journey as she navigates her identity during a time that turned out to be nothing like she expected. The best part about this book is that although it goes deep the masterful and honest writing makes it a really fun read.
The High Season by Judy Blundell
The High Season is jam-packed with art, money, and celebrity. In other words? It’s the perfect beach read. Set in North Fork over Memorial Day weekend, the story follows Ruthie Beamish’s family as they pack up their home to make room for an incoming summer renter who just happens to be a glamorous New York socialite by the name of Adeline Clay. Even if you’ve never stepped foot in North Fork, Blundell will bring you into that world that thanks to her descriptive prose (I.E., “He gazed out at the bay, a powdery blue today, with a scattering of white sails skittering toward Bug Light. A rainstorm the night before had failed to clear the humidity, and the world had summery blurred edges”) as well as her quirky, status-obsessed characters.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
“It’s complicated” is an understatement for the main characters of Tayari Jone’s beautiful novel An American Marriage.Roy and Celestial, are a young African-American couple and just newlyweds when Roy is falsely accused of a terrible crime. Nobody knows how long Roy will be behind bars, or if he will ever be let go, leaving Celestial to figure out how--and if--she wants to continue her marriage to Roy. In order to write this novel Jones spent several months studying race and the criminal justice system and trust us, it shows. Apart from the complexity of the characters,An American Marriagedoes a fantastic job giving readers a glimpse at what an encounter with the thorny American justice system is like especially when issues of race are involved. And yet, despite the heaviness of the topics involved, at the heart of the narrative there’s a fantastic element of romance that makes it impossible not to breeze through the story.
When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
Fans of the Devil Wear’s Pradarejoice! Author Laruen Weisberger is back with a second novel that picks up where the acclaimed author’s first story left off. After leaving Runway Magazine, Emily moves from New York to Los Angeles only to ultimately find herself ending up in the ritzy suburbs of Greenwich, Connecticut. Just like Weisberger was able to do with her first hit, When Life Gives You Lululemonsmasters to transmit just the right amount of gloss while ultimately telling the very relatable story of a woman trying to figure out a successful career path. Oh, and not to mention the deliciously wicked Miranda Presley makes an appearance!