Summer has come to a close, and with it, your sandy beach reads. Now’s the time to pick up a few great new books to read this season. Whether you want a can’t-put-it-down novel that transports you to an imaginary place, a cookbook that will freshen up what you’re serving, or a healthy living guide that will make you look at wellness in a new way, we have a book for you. Read on for six new books we can’t put down.
The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine by Alex Brunkhorst ($15)
It’s been ages since we’ve been so engrossed by a novel as author Alex Brunkhorst’s second book, The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine. A modern-day Great Gatsby-meets-Great Expectations story, the tale is centered on a young journalist who visits an opulent Bel-Air estate looking for quotes for an obituary about a legendary film producer. The assignment introduces him to the upper echelons of Hollywood, and eventually to Matilda Duplaine, a socialite who’s never left her own estate. The pair have a love-at-first-sight connection that’s hard not become absorbed in, and Brunkhorst’s rich descriptions of places and characters create a mysterious and enticing world of glamour that is nothing short of captivating. Order this one up stat, and schedule a cozy weekend for yourself to enjoy it.
Sage Living by Anne Sage ($17)
We own more interior design books than we can name, but we can’t think of one that’s incredibly inspiring yet also real as Sage Living. Author Anne Sage, the voice behind the popular blog City Sage and a co-founder of Rue, brings us 28 beautiful spaces around the country, alongside truly intriguing stories about the homeowners and and practical takeaways for sprucing up our own homes. Nothing feels too styled or aspirational, and every space serves the owners' lives. The effect is a realization that creating your dream home is about following your own personal journey and finding solutions that improve your own lifestyle—and don't just make things look pretty for the camera.
Friends Food Family by Sasha Wilkins ($19)
To be honest, we weren’t familiar with Sasha Wilkins—a former Wall Street Journal Magazine editor and the blogger behind LibertyLondonGirl.com—but now we are 100% Team Sasha. The self-taught chef is not precious about hosting, meaning that her friends can show up in her kitchen for an impromptu meal and she’s totally unfazed—our kind of girl. We are absolutely hooked on the recipes in her new cookbook, Food Friends Family, which is inspired by her travels around the world and the U.S. (seriously we’ve made her Halloumi, Chickpea, and Avocado Salad about six times already). Sprinkled in throughout are also mini guides to her favorite flea markets, museums, and places to hike, which makes the book a great resource for those of you who like to travel, too.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling ($15)
If you enjoyed actress and comedian Mindy Kaling’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, her fearlessly funny and smart voice will no doubt entertain you in her latest release, Why Not Me? In this personal collection of essays, the creator and star of The Mindy Project tackles a subject that few have taken on before—what it’s like to be a non-Barbie doll in Hollywood—with hilarious and thoughtful insights. She also shares relatable coming-of-age experiences like falling in love at work and trying to lose weight, embracing her anxiety and pain with laugh-out-loud honesty. We pored over her juicy details about her relationship with ex and close friend B.J. Novak, not to mention her first encounter with Bradley Cooper. Order this now; you’ll be rereading it monthly.
The Rockstar Remedy by Dr. Gabrielle Francis ($20)
A lot of wellness advice, as well-intentioned as it may be, makes us feel like we have to have a really laid-back lifestyle—and plenty of time to make those yoga classes and stroll the farmer's market for healthy food. So when The Rockstar Remedy came across our desk, we were refreshed to hear about how those with a truly exhausting and demanding lifestyle manage to stay healthy. Author Dr. Gabrielle Francis has helped some of the biggest names in the music industry—like Steven Tyler, Dave Navarro, and Tommy Lee—stay healthy and repair, recover, and refuel when the clichéd “sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll” lifestyle gets the best of them. Realistic tips like her 90/10 rule for socializing (i.e. staying healthy most of the time) makes getting well feel much more attainable.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson ($16)
Mental illness is no easy subject to tackle—especially when an author is writing about his or her own personal experience. But in her new book, Furiously Happy, bestselling author Jenny Lawson presents a beautiful self-aware story of her lifelong battle with depression and anxiety that is also victoriously funny. She takes a bite out of a subject that’s often tiptoed around by being brutally honest and owning up to the hilarity of her experiences. Embracing all of life’s flaws, she reminds us that life is just downright crazy… no matter who you are.
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