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Click through for a few summer beach reads Lucky's senior fashion writer Jayna Maleri can't wait to pick up!
I’m currently reading Susan Rieger’s whip-smart debut novel, which tells the story of a wealthy couple’s increasingly contentious divorce entirely through personal correspondence (e-mails, memos, notes, legal documents). The characters are hilarious and brilliant, and although it’s perfect for an afternoon of sunning, it’s not one of those books you turn your brain off to read. Particularly charming: the relationship between the soon-to-be divorced Mia Durkheim and Sophie Diehl—the law associate who finds herself involuntarily assigned to the case.
My one non-fiction entry on this list is this meditation on my very favorite thing: the ocean. Philip Hoare starts in his native England, then travels the globe, encountering blue whales in Sri Lanka, dolphins in the Azores, seabirds in Tasmania and more along the way. It's a celebration of all things marine—and I can’t think of a better book to read between dips into the waves.
I’m a total sucker for anything ballet-related (I had big Bolshoi dreams as a little girl, but possessed none of the discipline, flexibility or muscle tone required), so this is a total must-read for me. Spanning four decades in the life of Joan Bintz, an American ballet dancer who must come to terms with the fact that she will never be a prima ballerina, the book follows not just Joan’s story (which involves a tumultuous affair with Russia’s star dancer) but also that of her son Harry—himself a ballet prodigy. For anyone who ever dreamed of becoming a dancer (or just loves a good tutu), this one’s for you.
Our managing editor, Caryn Prime, not only has the best taste in books but she also seems to read everything—so I can ask her for something serious and scholarly or breezy and cheerful, and she always gives the perfect suggestion. Of this novel, which is set in bucolic New England and is about the unlikely friendship between a plain, unassuming girl and her gorgeous, rich college roommate (and the secrets both keep), Caryn says “It's Single White Female meets Flowers in the Attic." Who could resist that?
This might be the darkest entry on my list, but it’s also one of the books I’m most excited to check out. Koch is the bestselling author of The Dinner, and his latest sounds like it’s going to be a similar mix of suspenseful twists and sinister turns, this time involving a famous actor and the doctor responsible for the botched medical procedure that caused his death. In its starred review, Publishers Weekly promises: “Make no mistake: Very few real-world events will distract readers from finishing this addictive book in one or two sittings.” Sign me up!