Monday always seems to come around too quickly, doesn’t it? Thankfully, that means we are back, too, and we’re bringing with us three great books for you to read this week. If you’re unsure about what book to pick up next, hopefully, this list will help you choose!
This week, our Hot Pick, the novel on the tip of everybody’s tongue is the hugely anticipated When Life Gives You Lululemons by The Devil Wears Prada author Lauren Weisberger. Our Beach Read is the highly entertaining The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, and our Dark Horse, one you might not have added to your reading list but should, is the beautiful poetry collection Big Windows by Lauren Moseley. We hope you enjoy!
Our Hot Pick:
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Welcome to Greenwich, Connecticut, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured, the Tito’s and sodas are extra strong, and everyone has something to say about the infamous new neighbor.
Let’s be clear: Emily Charlton does not do the suburbs. After leaving Miranda Priestly, she’s been working in Hollywood as an image consultant to the stars, but recently, Emily’s lost a few clients. She’s hopeless with social media. The new guard is nipping at her heels. She needs a big opportunity, and she needs it now.
When Karolina Hartwell, a gorgeous former supermodel, is arrested for a DUI, her fall from grace is merciless. Her senator-husband leaves her, her Beltway friends disappear, and the tabloids pounce.
In Karolina, Emily finds her comeback opportunity. But she quickly learns Greenwich is a world apart and that this comeback needs a team approach.
So it is that Emily, the scorned Karolina, and their mutual friend Miriam, a powerful attorney turned stay-at-home suburban mom, band together to not only navigate the social land mines of suburban Greenwich but win back the hearts of the American public. Along the way, an indispensable ally emerges in one Miranda Priestly.
With her signature wit, Lauren Weisberger offers an alluring look into a sexy, over-the-top world—and proves it’s style and substance together that gets the job done.
Already a New York Times bestseller, and picked as a Best Book of the Summer by countless sites including
Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar, Weisberger’s much anticipated new novel follows Emily (played by Emily Blunt in the classic The Devil Wears Prada) as she embarks on a new adventure. Poor old Emily definitely deserved some attention after everything that happened with Miranda Priestly!
Given the legendary status of its predecessor, I’d wager this will be picked up for a movie adaptation pretty soon, so get your hands on this one and read it before it hits screens!
Our Beach Read:
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
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A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.
Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.
It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…
Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but crave all of the other things he’s making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…
None other than Roxane Gay is a stan for this book, saying “This is such a fun read and it’s also quite original and sexy and sensitive.” High praise from high places! Hoang herself is autistic, which adds a brilliant new dimension to her story, and allowed her to channel her own experiences.
“I would tap my fingers when I was little, but I do have a pattern that I used to tap in, then I started tapping with my teeth because you can’t see it, and that’s something that Stella does throughout the book,” Hoang explained to NBC. “I gave her my mannerisms, my tendency to be logical and literal, and my social anxiety.”
All That Is Left Is All That Matters: Stories by Mark Slouka
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In fifteen beautifully wrought stories―ranging from occupied Czechoslovakia to California’s Central Valley to the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest―Mark Slouka explores moments in life when our back is to the wall. One of the most forceful American writers of his generation, Slouka captures the depth and emotional range of an array of characters―from a young boy attempting to shield his father from painful memories in “The Hare’s Mask” to a lonely man whose beloved dog inexplicably begins to sprout razor blades from her skin in “Dog.”
Whether battling the end of desire, the fact of injustice, or death itself, the men and women in these stories are doing everything possible to tighten their grip on life. In “Crossing,” a father hoping to compensate for his failures finds himself facing his past while fording a river with his young son on his back; in “Conception,” a young couple frozen by the possible end of their marriage is offered an unexpected way back; in “Half-Life,” a proud, aging shut-in finds her resolve tested by an extraordinary visitor determined to shatter her solitude.
Like its title, All That Is Left Is All That Matters consoles us with life’s tender humor and unexpected moments of redemption in the face of heartbreak, tragedy, and dislocation.
Colum McCann called this “a searing, poignantly rendered collection of stories chronicling the lives of ordinary people battling the forces of love and loss” and declared Slouka “one of the great unsung writers of our time.” The stories are beautifully rendered examinations of what it is to be human, set across a number of locations, and will move and excite you in equal measure!