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Resort Reads

Grace Coddington. Photo by Willie Christie.

Every carry-on and beach bag should be stocked with at least one good book, so we commissioned a few bibliophiles around town for their resort season picks.

Kate Garber, store manager of Tenth Avenue indie bookstore 192 Books, recommends:

Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington: She is a lady who needs no introduction. Whether you love fashion, are in the industry, or just want a memoir, you won’t be able to put it down—pick up this beautiful book (designed by Coddington herself) and enjoy.

The Story of O by Pauline Réage: Put down every other sexy book you’re planning to read, and pick up this classic French novel. Don’t let its beautiful writing fool you, it’s just as deliciously scandalous as Fifty Shades.

Green Girl by Kate Zambreno: By the author of Heroines, this earlier novel is all about being a young woman in a vibrant city—the freedom, exhilaration, and obsessions of youth, as well as the troubles and breakdowns that go along with it.

Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama by Yayoi Kusama: Even if you know just a little bit about this artist (the polka-dot-loving recent Louis Vuitton collaborator), Kusama’s story is a fascinating one. Between Japan and New York, she gives great insight into her mental illness and how it has interacted with her art.


Michelle Brower, literary agent at Folio Literary Management recommends:

The House Girl by Tara Conklin: The modern art world meets the antebellum South in this novel of love, slavery, and righting past wrongs.

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead: One endearingly dysfunctional family, one wedding weekend on an island, and many, many mishaps.

Crossing on the Paris by Dana Gynther: Like Downton Abbey, but on a luxury cruise ship crossing from France to New York in 1921.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell: Weird, and delightful, and weirdly delightful.