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You know we love dishing about our favourite books here at The Social — and this summer is no different. We asked our hosts to sort through their bookshelves in search of their ultimate summer read. They delivered with a meticulously hand-picked list that features buzzy non-fiction titles to old favourites, from a good ol’ ghost story to an in-depth look at celebrities — all with the ladies’ stamp of approvals. So get ready to grab a glass of wine, chill out on a patio and sit down with a good book.
Check out our summer picks below and why we love them so much. Happy reading!
Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino
Random House, 2019
Jia Tolentino has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 2016. She is one of the youngest writers, started around the time she was 27 and I’m obsessed with her. She’s considered a genius. All writers want to be Jia Tolentino. Jia’s book of essays, Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion, comes out on August 6th and it’s been blurbed by none other than Zadie Smith and Rebecca Solnit. To be clear, this is her debut, and already she’s getting quotes from David Remnick, Zadie Smith, and Rebecca Solnit. The point is, Jia is seen as a wunderkid in writing circles and there is already a mythology in place.
BUY NOW: Amazon | $30
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
Ballantine Books, 2019
I’m all about transitions. I think it’s the most important thing in people’s lives when they are faced with or forced into something new — and that is what this book is about. It’s about a woman who’s trying to change her own life. On the outside, things look perfect. She’s married to a doctor and she lives in a beautiful house in Maine. But, it isn’t until a couple of pages in that you realize she’s leaving her husband and this perfect life. Nobody knows she’s about to leave him — until she gets a phone call that changes her life. This book is about new beginnings, meeting new people and getting a fresh start.
BUY NOW: Indigo | $28
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Riverhead Books, 2010
I love anything written by Sarah Waters but this is one of my absolute favs. Part ghost story part romantic novel – the reader is left by the end with more questions than answers. A deliciously chilling summer read.
BUY NOW: Amazon | $19
The Drama of Celebrity by Sharon Marcus
Princeton University Press, 2019
So many of us are obsessed with celebrities, but this book goes behind the curtain about the mechanics. Who decides who gets to be a celebrity? How are they made? Why do people care so much? It takes a look at us, as fans, and our obsession by analyzing the mechanics of Hollywood. The book is written by Sharon Marcus, a English and Contemporary Literature professor at Columbia University. It’s a quick read and I can’t wait to finish it on vacation next week.
BUY NOW: Amazon | $32
Calypso by David Sedaris
Little, Brown and Company, 2018
I’ve read it but I want to re-read it this summer. Whether he’s having dinner with his family or shopping in Japan, he observes the most beautiful, funny, sad, profound and ordinary moments and puts them into words that make me swoon.
BUY NOW: Amazon | $22